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THE CONKLINGS 
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CHAS. H. POTTER & CO., Inc., 
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Copyright, 1913, by 

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AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED 
TO MY CHILDREN 



IRA B. CONKLING 




Sarah Frances Brown Conkling, 
wife of Ira B. Conkling. 



INTRODUCTION 

WHAT is herein published lias been obtained after years 
of research. Civil records do not give much assist- 
ance in detail to the genealogist. But few perform 
service for the State, and fewer still perform service of so con- 
spicuous a nature as to attract the attention of the civil his- 
torian. Hence it is that the histories of families is frequently 
lost. In preparing this book much credit is due to church records 
of Salem, Massachusetts; East Hampton and Southold, Long 
Island, and to the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, 
New Jersey. Most of the ancestors mentioned in the pages of 
this book were church people — principally Presbyterians — and 
fairly complete records were kept of births, marriages, and 
deaths. To Rev. Timothy Johnes, who was pastor of the Pres- 
byterian Church in Morristown from 1742 to 1794, much is due 
for the completeness of records. Credit is also due to the history 
of the "First Settlers of Passaic Valley, by John Littell, Esq., 
1852." In compiling this volume I am under obligation to Rev. 
Andrew M. Sherman, of Morristown, New Jersey, author of "His- 
toric Morristown," which gives the most complete and reliable 
story of the camp life of the American Army at Morristown 
during the tragic years of 1777, 1778 and 1779-'S0 that has 
ever been written. He is the author of other histories of thrilling 
interest also, which place him in the forefront of American his- 
torians. Mr. Sherman is a lineal descendant of the Puritans that 
landed at Plymouth, and his family has contributed a good 
share of vitality to the purity, strength and manhood of American 
life. Through his paternal grandmother he descended from 
Edward Doty, John Alden, Priscilla Mullen and Captain Miles 
Standish, all of whom were among the emigrants from Old Eng- 
land in 1620. Mr. Sherman's great-great-grandfather, Ebeneezer 
Sherman, carried a musket in the Revolution — while he is a 



8 INTRODUCTION 

veteran of the ••unpleasantness" of 1861-5. We involuntarily 
doff our hat to such men. Yet Mr. Sherman is a modest man 
and has refrained from uniting with the many societies organ- 
ized to perpetuate events of our history. Interesting characters 
deserve to he rememhered, and without solicitation we give a 
photograph of him elsewhere. 

Invaluable assistance has been obtained from the •'Combined 
Register of First Presbyterian Church. Morristowu, New Jersey. 
1742 to 1891." By the kindness of relatives in Illinois, much 
of interest is added to this book. Mr. Edward Graham Conkling, 
of Seymour, 111., and Mrs. Grace Heaton Conkling Leaverton, of 
Springfield, 111., have given all assistance possible. Judge Thomas 
Jefferson Conkling, of San Jose, Cal., has contributed much in- 
teresting information in detail of early life in Missouri. He has 
always wielded the pen of a ready writer, and his scholarly 
attainments are well known. 

Mr. Homer Caples Conkling, of Titusville, Fla.. and Mr. D. H. 
Conkling, editor and publisher of ''West Palm Beach County," 
Florida, have given valuable assistance. 

The following publications have been consulted : History of 
East Hampton, by H. P. Hedges, of New York, 1897 ; The Conkling 
Prosch Family, by Thomas Wickham Prosch, 1909, Seattle, Wash. ; 
Salem and the Conkling Family, by Frank J, Conkling, Brooklyn, 
N. Y., 1894; Lamb's Biographical Dictionary, 1900; Life and 
Letters of Roscoe Conkling, by Alfred Ronald Conkling, 1889 ; 
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of New England ; New York 
Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1896-'7 ; The Jones Family 
of Long Island, New York, by John LI. Jones, 1907 ; extracts from 
the Salmon Records, giving marriages and deaths in Southold, 
Long Island, and elsewhere, from 1683 to 1811. 



CONTENTS 











page 


Introduction ...... 7 


England and the Reformation 




11 


The Puritans .... 




15 


Ananias Conkling 








17 


Lion Gardner 








18 


Benjamin Conkling 








21 


William Conkling 1st 








24 


Stephen Conkling 1st 








26 


John Little 








27 


Dr. Henry Conkling 








31 


Hon. William Johnson Conkling 




37 


Mrs. Grace Heaton Conkling Leaverton 




41 


Abraham Conkling 




46 


Judge Zela Conkling 




51 


Rev. George H. Newton 




54 


Joseph Lindley Conkling 




58 


Sam. W. Price .... 




61 


Virgil M. Conkling 




65 


The Chapmans 




85 


Hon. Roscoe Conkling 




91 


The Revolution .... 




94 


Maj. Joseph Lindley 




102 


Gen. Daniel Morgan 




105 


Gen. La Fayette .... 




107 


The Conklings and Lindleys 




109 


Allied Families .... 




111 


Valley Forge ..... 




113 


Westward, Ho! . 




114 


First Settlers of Passaic Valley 




118 


The Salmon Records .... 




125 


In Memoriam 


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129 



The Conklings in America 



ENGLAND AND THE REFORMATION 

THE Reformation in England began long before Luther's 
day at the time when certain thinkers began to pro- 
claim it as a right of an Englishman to read the Bible 
for himself. The agitation for this right resulted not only in 
making the claim good, but in the establishment of the English 
Common School, in which the common people were to be taught 
to read the Bible. This is the reason why the New Testament 
was once a text-book in our own public schools, and remained 
such down to a time within the memory of people still living. 

That ambitious monarch, Henry VIII., broke with the Church 
of Rome before his people were prepared for such a change. 
Henry secured for him.self all the authority over religious mat- 
ters in England that the Popes had hitherto exercised over 
Christendom. The Church of England did not return to the 
simplicity of apostolic days. The more advanced thinkers objected 
to many things in the newly-established religion that to them 
savored too strongly of Romanism, and wished to purify the 
church of this taint — for this reason they were called Puritans. 
Severe laws were made against all who should dissent or fail to 
attend the established worship. 

The Puritans, while dissenting in particulars, were steadfast 
in their attendance at worship, for they believed in one church 
for the State. Elizabeth used all the power at her command to 
enforce the laws against the Puritans with but little effect, for 
her Parliaments were always decidedly Puritan in their leanings. 
Elizabeth rated both Parliament and Puritans roundly, remind- 
ing them that from her education in philosophy and other sub- 
jects she was much better qualified than they to be an authority 



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on religions matters, and never failing to inform them that God 
had given her snin-emacy over her snhjects in spiritnal affairs 
as well as temporal, but all to no effect in enforcing the laws. 

The Puritans who came to America first did not leave England 
because they were oppressed ; they were the extremists who be- 
lieved in their duty to establish a separate church, and for this 
reason were known as Separatists. They came to America to 
found a commonwealth with a church establishment in accord- 
ance with their views, they being too loyal Englishmen to attempt 
such a thing at home. The student of our Colonial history can- 
not fail to be struck by the fact that under the early charters 
from the English Crown, America became the proving ground 
for many theories of government. The government the Puritans 
set up was essentially an aristocracy. Its best feature was that 
it retained to the whole body of citizens the right to vote the 
money to be expended for public purposes. It set up one church 
for the commonwealth, and there was no popular assembly 
that could stay the hand of those in authority from striking down 
the dissenter. The Puritans had read the Bible assiduously, and 
the severity of their regulations shows that they were more in- 
fluenced by the relentless code of the Old Testament than the 
merciful spirit of the New. The trend of their public policy 
shows that they regarded the Bible as the source of authority 
in both church and state. The single church, its union with 
the state, the dealing with dissenters, are all traceable to their 
interpretation of what the Bible required at the hands of those 
entrusted with the government of the people. They established 
common schools immediately, and in a few years voted public 
money to found a college, now known as Harvard University. 

THE PILCRni FATHERS 

The breaking waves dashed high 
On a stern and rock-bound coast, 
And the woods against a stormy sky 
Their giant branches tossed ; 

And the heavy night hung dark 
The hills and waters o'er, 



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When a band of exiles moored their bark 
On tlie wiUl Xew England shore. 

Not as the conqueror comes ; 

They the true-hearted, came; 

Not with the roll of the stirring drums, 

And the trumpet that sings of fame; 

Not as tlie flying come, 

In silence and in fear ; — 

They shook the depths of the desert gloom 

With tlieir hymns of lofty cheer. 

Amidst the storm they sang, 

And the stars heard and the sea ; 

And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang 

To the anthem of the free ! 

The ocean eagle soared 
From his nest by the white wave's foam ; 
And the rocking pines of the forest roared — 
This was their welcome home ! 

There were men with hoary hair 
Amidst that pilgrim band ; — 
Why had they come to wither there, 
Away from their childhood's land? 

There was woman's fearless eye. 

Lit by her deep love's truth ; 

There was manhood's brow serenely high, 

And the fiery heart of youth. 

What sought they thus afar? — 
Bright jewels of the mine? 
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war? — 
They sought a faith's pure shrine! 

Ay, call it holy ground, 

The soil where first they trod. 

They have left unstained what there they found — 

Freedom to worship God. 



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THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 



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Rev. A. M. Sherman, of Morristown, N. J. 
Historian. 



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THE PURITANS 

THE PURITANS were English. This fact of itself is worth 
something. There was no better, sturdier, hardier, or 
more promising nation of people in all Europe than the 
English were at the end of the sixteenth century. They repre- 
sented the best manhood gleaned from the turmoil and unheaval 
and overthrow and downfall of kingdoms and empires for cen- 
turies. It took generation after generation, and age after age of 
fighting, offensive and defensive, to produce the Englishmen that 
greeted the dawn of the seventeenth century. The civil wars, 
the continental wars and the internecine strife were educational 
and developed a race of superior men and women worthy to 
become the ancestors of American Freemen. Doubtless, England's 
insular and consequently advantageous position had a favorable 
influence in producing English character of so grand a mould. 
Supplemental to all of this — printing had made the Bible accessi- 
ble to the masses. 

And when read, interpreted and obeyed by the English yeo- 
manry, so accustomed to the most perfect discipline, there was 
produced a strenuous religious life which attracted attention and 
soon eventuated in a pronounced division, schism or a reform 
movement. Those who allied themselves with the reformation 
were called "Puritans." The name was given in derision, but 
it seemed appropriate and became historic. Many looked upon 
the movement with sympathy and approval, and the name of 
"Pilgrims" was applied to them ; so the pioneers of New Eng- 
land became known as "The Pilgrim Fathers." The Puritans 
were a disciplined army of men, women and children. A com- 
mon country — a common belief — a common peril, and common 
suffering with their unyielding faith made their organization so 
compact that the dangers of the deep or the rigor of climate, 
or sickness, or starvation, or death, had no terrors to frighten 
them from their purpose. The movement of the Puritans, or 
Pilgrims, from England to Holland, in 1607, was a preliminary 
one. Much preparation was necessary before starting on so 
long a journey as they contemplated. They were going to leave 



16 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

England forever. Family ties must be severed. Farewells must 
be spoken. 

With all their hardihood, doubtless these Pilgrims were senti- 
mental to a degree, and the pain and anguish of separation must 
have been acute. But their towering faith and indomitable will 
sustained them. When the right to form a settlement was ob- 
tained and transportation was secured, these adventurous im- 
mortals sailed for the '"New World." This emigration from Eng- 
land commenced in 1620. Emigrants of like Puritan faith con- 
tinued to leave England for the Massachusetts colony for some 
twenty or thirty years. Plymouth, Boston and Salem, were 
founded and soon became centers of influence. The laws enacted 
reflected the characteristics of these people. Obedience was the 
first essential. God's law must be supreme. The civil power 
was for the protection of the "Church."' To be a citizen or free- 
man a man must take upon himself the obligation of a Christian 
life. For some years strenuous laws as to the details of life 
obtained ; but gradually these strictures on common actions of so 
frequent occurrence became obsolete. They were a thoughtful 
people, and soon righted all wrongs in a manly way, and founded 
a state worthy to be called the "Cradle of Liberty." 

Tlie life of the Puritan for some years after settlement in 
America underwent but little change. A change did come, but it 
was a gradual one. Books on political problems reflecting the 
wisdom of the ages were not in their libraries. They must 
learn from experience. And they did. They were apt scholars. 
While they paid strict attention to religious duties they quickly 
grasped the idea that advantages would accrue to them from 
commerce with neighboring colonies. This commerce they sought 
and obtained, and by such intercourse they learned the mutual 
dependence of communities. Immigration continued and new set- 
tlements were formed. Interchange of thought and social inter- 
course and environments and mutual protection pointed to a 
community of interest and a government of their own. Thus 
they gravitated into a homogeneous people and became the 
founders of a great Commonwealth. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 17 



GENEALOGICAL. 

JOHN and ANANIAS CONKLING were brothers. They were 
born in Enghmd and married there. The name of their 
father is not certainly, known. Jolm Conkling married 
Elizabeth Alsaebrook in Saint Peter's Church, Nottingham, Eng- 
land, January 24, 1625. An,anias Conkling married Mary Launder, 
February 23, 1631, at the same church, as the records show. The 
exact year of their emigration to America is not certainly known. 
Perhaps it was as early as 1G35. Evidently not later than 1637. 
The records of Salem tell of them as "glassmen" in 1638. In 
June, 1638, the people of Salem made Ananias Conkling a gift 
and grant of one acre of land for a house lot. It seems that at 
a previous time Ananias Conkling had acquired a ten-acre lot. 
On the 19th day of the 6th month of 1639 at a general town meet- 
ing there was granted to Ananias Conkling one acre more to 
his dwelling house lot, and on the 11th day of the 10th month 
of 1639 there was granted to him one more acre. Lawrence 
Southwick and Obadiah Holmes were associated with him in this 
enterprise, and were twice granted lands because of their con- 
nection with this enterprise. It is thought that John Conkling 
became a partner in the business in the year 1640, for in Septem- 
ber of that year he was received as an inhabitant of Salem and 
granted five acres of land near the "glass house." Only com- 
mon articles of glass were manufactured, such as window glass 
and bottles. For the encouragement of the enterprise the Gen- 
eral Court in December, 1641, authorized the town of Salem to 
lend "glassmen" £30, and this was to be deducted from the next 
town rate, and the "glassmen" were to repay it if the work 
succeeded when they were able. Southwick and Holmes neglected 
business in 1643 and became thoroughly inactive, so that the 
burden of the business rested entirely on the two Conklings. 
This proved oppressive, and they carried their grievance to the 
General Court in October, 1645, asking "if they might be free 
to join with such as will carry on the work effectively." The 
petition was granted by the court ; but it does not appear that 
a new company was organized to carry on the business. 



18 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

Ananias and John Conkling had land granted to them by the 
town of Salem, May 1, 1649. All records of the glass works 
seem to end at about this date, and it evidently did not prove 
to be a successful enterprise. In the year 1650 John Conkling 
with his family removed to Southold, Long Island. Here he 
lived for several years. His allotment of land was between the 
tracts of Jacob Corey and Isaac Arnold. John was thrifty, and 
prospered and soon became a leading citizen. He held as his owi- 
eight of the forty-four shares in the lands and properties of the 
town. His holdings exceeded those of any other person. 

About the year 1664 he became interested in the town of 
Huntington, Long Island. Here he owned land, and a portion 
of his family moved there, the other remaining at Southold, 
while he went back and forth between the two towns. He died 
February 23, 1694, at Huntington. He mentions in his will the 
following children: John, Jacob, Timothy and Elizabeth. These 
children became locally prominent. The eldest was known as 
Captain John. He was born in England in 1630. He married 
Sarah, the daughter of Barnabas Horton, who was the widow 
Salmon. Six children were born to them, from whom descended 
many families. Captain John died April 6, 1694, at Southold, 
Long Island. Upon his tombstone is the following inscription : 
"Here lyeth the body of Captain John Conkling, born in Notting- 
hamshire, England, who departed this life the 6th day of April, 
at South Hold, Long Island, in the sixtieth year of his age. Anno 
Domini, 1694." 

The east end of Long Island was settled in the year 1640. The 
settlers came from Connecticut and Massachusetts, but originally 
from England. They were of the Puritan faith, and were deeply 
religious. The settlements formed grew rapidly. South Hold, 
Huntington and East Hampton were soon thriving towns. Many 
prominent families became permanent settlers here between the 
years 1640 and 1660. 

Among them were : Thomas Talmage, Jr., Robert Rose, Joshua 
Barnes, Thomas Osborn, William Hodges, Thomas Chatfield, Lion 
Gardner, John Miller, Rev. John Youngs, William Wells, Captain 
John Underbill, Peter Hallock, John Tuthill, Thomas Mapes, and 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 19 

many others who became useful and influential. About the year 
IGoO-'S, Ananias Conkling with his family, with the exception 
of his son, Cornelius, who remained at Salem, removed to South 
Hold, Long Island. It is supposed that at this date he had his 
second wife, as Susan Conkling was received as a member of the 
Salem Church in 1650. Ananias Conkling had six children: 
John, Cornelius, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Lewis and Hester. Some 
claim that there was one other — a daughter — but it is uncertain. 
Ananias was a devout churchman, having united with the church 
at Salem in 1639. He was a man of energy and good judgment. 
He was made a freeman May 18, 1642. Ananias Conkling re- 
mained in South Hold for only two or three years, but he em- 
braced the opportunity to acquire land. His house lot was in 
the center of the town, and not far away he had meadow and 
wood land. From South Hold he removed to East Hampton, Long 
Island, and his land passed into the possession of Richard Ben- 
jamin. 

His name appears among those of the first settlers of East 
Hampton. He settled on a six-acre lot in the southern part of 
the town. On July 5, 1653, he had two and one-half acres of 
land allotted to him at Nonvest, a tract of land through which 
the Sag Harbor Turnpike runs. Another allotment was made to 
him on April 3, 1655, and consisted of one acre in the eastern 
plain, a section of the town between Hook Pond and Amagan- 
sett. In October, 1654, he was chosen by the people of East 
Hampton to be an assistant to the three townsmen or magistrates. 
On February 4, 1656, he and Lion Gardner were chosen chimney 
inspectors. Chimneys above the jambs were built of wooden slats 
and daubed with mortar as protection against fire, and care and 
frequent inspection were necessary. Ananias Conkling died about 
the 1st of October, 1657. The following is a true inventory of 
the goods and estate of Ananias Conkling, taken the 5th day of 
October, 1657 : One dwelling house and one and twenty acres 
of land ; tw^o cows, three working oxen ; two yearlings and one 
calf; four goats and swine; about three acres of wheat, and 
about two acres of Indian corn, and one acre of peas at home lot ; 
two beds and two bolsters and one rug; two iron pots and one 



20 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

pair of pot hooks; one brass kettle, and brass candlesticks; two 
pewter dishes, one pewter pot and one pewter salt-cellar, and 
one dripping pan ; three wooden bowls and two barrels ; one 
pounding tub, one churn, one linen wheel, one chest and one 
kneading trough ; one pair of cobirons, one spit, one pair of 
tongs, one pair of hatchets and one iron chain and hooks for a 
yoke ; one scythe, two guns, one felling axe, one pair of fork tines 
and pair of well cords ; one cart and wheels, and one stone ham- 
mer ; six loads and a half of hay. The whole amounted to , 

appraised by Mr. Robert Bond and William Mulford. As Ananias 
Conkling had the reputation of being a land getter, and it is 
known that some eleven allotments were made to him, it occurs 
to ask why the inventory of his estate does not show more land. 
The only answer to be given is that he probably had conveyed 
it to his children previous to his death, as his brother John after- 
ward did. An agreement was made November 27, 1057, between 
Thomas Baker, John Mulford and John Hand, with the consent 
of the Church, the one party, and Jeremiah Conkling, the admin- 
istrator of the estate of Ananias Conkling, deceased, the other 
party, on behalf of Hester Conkling, the daughter of the said 
Ananias, deceased, as followeth : "That is to say that the 
said Jeremiah Conkling shall have £10 out of her fortune, being 
£30, she being young, for bringing up the said Hester, one year 
and one-half, and the rest of her portion to be four cows, and 
being put out to the halves, he to have the increase in case 
they did stand, and if they did not then to allow that which 
is reasonable out of the principal for her bringing up until she 
were eighteen years old." This "agreement"' seems to convey 
the information that the said Hester Conkling was sixteen and 
one-half years of age at this time, and that there was a wedding 
soon after the date mentioned and that George Miller was the 
groom. Administration on the estate, however, was formally 
granted to George Miller, son-in-law of the deceased, and on 
January 27, 1G5S, he gave a bond in the sum of £60 for the faith- 
ful performance of his duties. Jeremiah Conkling had already 
received two oxen valued at £18, and Miller promised to pay 
Cornelius Conkling on February 1, 1659, 5 pounds, IS shillings 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 21 

and sixpence, and a like amount to Benjamin Conkling, on Feb- 
ruary 1, 1660, both of them being the sons of Ananias, deceased. 
In addition to these legacies, he was to pay to John Rose 5 shill- 
ings forthwith, to Thomas Rose 20 and 4 shillings, to my 
wife, being the daughter of Ananias, deceased, 5 shillings, and 
to Samuel, Mary and Jonathan Rose each 24 shillings. It seems 
that the wife of Ananias died before he did, as her name is not 
mentioned in settling the estate. In the settlement of her father's 
estate in 1657, Hester Conkling received four cows valued at £20, 
and £10 worth of household articles, to wit : One bed and bolster, 
two iron pots, one pair of pot hooks, one brass kettle, one brass 
candlestick, two pewter platters, one pewter pot, one pewter salt- 
cellar, three wooden bowls, one churn, one pair of cobirons, one 
spit, one scythe and one gun barrel. 

Among the children of Ananias Conkling more is known of 
Jeremiah and Benjamin than of the other children. John seems 
to have been the advanced guard for the Conkling family in 
their trend toward the west, being more disposed to adventure 
and recounoiter than his staid brothers. Pioneers did not leave 
many records. The records of villages and towns and churches 
followed in the wake of the pioneer — so not much is known of 
John, except that he went west and may have finally settled 
down in or near New York, as a John Conkling is spoken of 
in records and reports of early New York events. Cornelius 
Conkling chose to live in Salem. He married there, and had 
two children, Cornelius and William. The Conklings mentioned 
in Massachusetts records are supposed to have descended from 
this branch. Cornelius Conkling died March 21, 1668. His 
widow, Mary Conkling, married as her second husband Robert 
Star on December 30, 1609, a widower with two children. Three 
children were born from this second marriage — Mary, Sarah and 
Hannah. Robert Star was killed by the Indians in 1679, *'in King 
Philip's war. Lewis Conkling, son of Ananias Conkling, baptized 
at Salem, Mass., April 30, 1643, is not mentioned in the adminis- 
tration of his fathers estate — but this is no evidence that he 
was not living at the time of his father's death. No authentic 
record has been found of his death, and practically nothing is 



22 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

known of his life. Hester Conkling, supposed youngest child of 
Ananias Conkling, doubtless married George Miller, though this 
is questioned. Some affirm that Miller married an older daugh- 
ter — name unknown. The record is silent. George Miller died 
at East Hampton in December, 1668, from the kick of a horse. 

Jeremiah, son of Ananias Conkling, was born in Nottingham, 
England, about the year 1634. He married Mary Gardiner in 
1658, at East Hampton, Long Island. He died March 14, 1712. 
His wife was born August 30, 1638, in the fort at Saybrook, 
Conn. She was the daughter of Lion Gardiner. She died June 
15, 1727. They had six children — Jeremiah, Jr., Cornelius, David, 
Lewis, Ananias, and Mary. Jeremiah was a man of more than 
ordinary ability. He was a leader among men, and a man of the 
highest character. He was one of the wealthy men of East 
Hampton. He filled many important positions, and was influ- 
ential in giving direction to public affairs of his time. He served 
the people well and managed his affairs with discretion, and 
no man stood higher in public esteem than he did. Evidently 
his children were properly trained, as they became prominent 
and influential citizens — his son Cornelius serving the people of 
East Hampton officially thirty-one times. Mary married Thomas 
Mulford. The Mulfords were prominent people, and deservedly 
so, being upright and honorable. 

Benjamin Conkling, son of Ananias, was born in Salem, Mass., 
about the year 1640. He married Hannah Mulford about the 
year 1668 at Easthampton, L. I. He died February 3, 1709. His 
wife was the daughter of John Mulford, one of the first settlers, 
and most eminent man of Easthampton. She was a member of 
the Rev. Nathaniel Huntting's church. She died February 4, 
1712. Benjamin Conkling and Hannah Mulford had children — 
John, Ananias, Jane (prob.), Mercy (prob.), Benjamin, William 
(prob.), 'Hannah, baptized June 4, 1704, at about twelve years 
of age. Benjamin Conkling was a farmer, and early in life be- 
came quite a large land owner. He purchased from his brother 
Jeremiah a house lot in town containing six acres, and ten 
acres of woodland in the eastern plain. His grazing land was 
purchased from Thomas Baker, and his arable land from Samuel 



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and John Parsons. His farms paid well, and he traded ex- 
tensively liis stock. About the year 1666 he removed to Elizabeth, 
N. J. Here he seems to have been required to take the oath of 
allegiance, as follows : "You do swear upon the Holy Evan- 
gelist contained in this book, to bear true faith and allegiance 
to our Sovereign Lord, King Charles the Second, and his suc- 
cessors, and to be true and faithful to the Lord's proprietors, 
their successors, and the Government of the Province of New 
Jersey, as long as you shall continue an inhabitant under the 
same, without any equivocation or mental reservation whatso- 
ever, and so help you God." Benjamin Conkling sold his East- 
hampton property, and for his house lot, woodland and right in 
the mill and two shares in Napeage he obtained £20 and con- 
veyed it to James Schellinger by deed signed and sealed. This 
sale was made on the 22d of October, 1667. On the 26th of 
the same month the lands which he bought of Thomas Baker 
and Samuel and John Parsons also passed into the possession 
of Schellinger, the consideration being £12 10s. For some reason 
life at Elizabeth, N. J., did not seem to agree with him, for after 
a few years' residence there he returned to Easthampton. June 
28, 1671, he was the owner of a six-acre house lot in Newtown 
Lane. This property was given to him by his sister, "Widow 
Miller," and is described as bounded north by the "Common" and 
east by John Parsons, south by the street, and west by Joseph 
Osborn. On March 13, 1675, he and his wife Hannah had a deed 
of gift from John Mulford, Sr., of eight and one-half acres of 
land in the Eastern Plains, and nine acres of woodland eastward 
of the town, and certain rights in commonage. At this time he 
was worth, according to the tax list, not less than £103. In 
July, 1675, he purchased from John Edwards a tract of land 
consisting of a waste meadow at Napeage. In 1678, in the month 
of May, he purchased a ten-acre wood lot, which was one of the 
parcels of land he sold to Schellinger in 1667. 

Another purchase was the Philip Leek house lot on the west 
side of the main street, containing eight acres; the exact year 
of this purchase cannot now be fixed, but it was before 1680. 
A great many other parcels of land in Easthampton and Ama- 



24 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

gaiisett, also Waiuscott and elsewhere, stand in his name upon 
the "Town Records." Benjamin Conkling presented the East- 
hampton militia with a set of flags in 1679, Because of this gift 
he was released from watching and training, and was only liable 
to military service in times of danger. In 1681 he fitted out a 
vessel to ci-uise along the coast for whales ; his vessel carried 
a crew of five Indians, all of them noted for their skill and good 
fortune in whale fishing. For their services they were rewarded 
with a half share of the profits of the voyages. Hi's worldly 
goods increased steadily from year to year, and before the close 
of 1683 the tax list shows him to be worth not less than £149. 
Benjamin Conkling lived to be about sixty-nine years old. Prac- 
tically all of the men of his day were self-made men. Free 
schools had not yet been established. Few people could read 
or write. Family records were not made or kept, as was com- 
monly done in after years, and unless services for the com- 
munity were of signal importance, the names were lost to pos- 
terity. So it has occurred that there are uncertainties in the 
genealogies of this period. From 1674 to 1698 Benjamin Conk- 
ling served the people of Easthampton officially some five or six 
times in different responsible positions. He was a man of in- 
tegrity and discretion, and was a recognized influence in pro- 
moting the principles of civil and religious liberty among the 
immigrants and adventurous population of that period. 

William Conkling, reputedly the son of Benjamin Conkling, of 
Easthampton, was born about 1695. He married Ruth Hedges 
on November 26, 1718. He died in the year 1761. His wife is 
believed to have been the daughter of John and Ruth (Stratton) 
Hedges. The church records in Iilasthampton show that Ruth 
Conkling died in February, 1783. They had children as follows: 
(1) William, born August 30, 1719; (2) Stephen, born September 
3, 1721; (3) Mary, born January 12, 1724; (4) Abraham, born 
June 12, 1726; (5) Ruth, born December 8, 1728; (6) Isaac, born 
February 27, 1731; (7) Jacob, born August 11, 1734; (8) Abigail, 
born January 23, 1736; (9) Thomas, born October 14, 1739. The 
records of Easthampton show that William Conkling served two 
terms as "Trustee," and also served as "Governor of the Poor," 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 25 

and in other positions. The laud records show that he partici- 
pated in a division of the common lands in 1740 and in 1747, 
which demonstrates that his ancestor was one of the proprietors 
of Easthampton. He made his will on November 29, 17G0, and 
died the following year. In his will, recorded in the Surrogate's 
office. New York, he calls himself William Coukling, of East- 
hampton, and gives to his wife, Ruth, the east end of my house 
and half of my land, and all household goods; after her death 
the household goods were to go to daughter, M^ry. He gives to 
three sons, "William, Stephen and Abraham, and daughter, Mary, 
ten shillings each to be paid by son Jacob, who is to have all 
the rest of my land, tenements and goods, and I make him and 
my friend John Chatfield executors." These records indicate that 
William Coukling was a native and a permanent resident of 
Easthampton, his home town. The records of Morris County, 
New Jersey, show that William Coukling was there about 1753, 
and on Basking Ridge. His son Stephen was a freeholder there 
in 1752, but it is evident his family was not there till 1753, or a 
little later. In 17G0 the records show that William Conkling 
was in Easthampton. But there is no record of William Conk- 
ling being in Easthampton between 1753 and 17G0. So the record 
we find in New Jersey is easily correct. The reasonable con- 
clusion is that after a few years of life in New Jersey he chose 
to return to spend his remaining years in his home town of 
Easthampton, where he made his will and died, as above recorded. 
William Conkling (2), son of William Conkling (1), of East 
Hampton, was born at Easthampton and baptized August 30, 1719. 
Mention is made of him in his father's will, but no further identi- 
fication has been found. All of William Conkling's (1) children 
were born in Easthampton. 

Mary, daughter of William Conkling (1), inherited the house- 
hold goods after the death of her mother, Ruth. No further men- 
tion of her. Abraham, son of William Conkling (1), baptized 

June 12. 1726, married November 16, 1754, Stratton, who 

died September 20, 1763. Abraham died April 17, 1781. Ruth, 
daughter of William Conkling (1), baptized December 8, 1728, 
married May 6, 1748, Cornelius Conkling, baptized February 6, 



26 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

1726, sou of Cornelius (4), Cornelius (3), Jeremiah (2), Ana- 
nias (1), and Deborah (Mulford) Conkliug. Isaac, son of Wil- 
liam Coukliug (1), baptized February 27, 1731-'2. No further 
mention made of him. Jacob, son of William Conkling (1), bap- 
tized August 11, 1731. No further mention. Abigail, daughter of 
William Conkling (1), baptized January 23, 1736, died August 
28, 1739. Thomas, son of William Conkling (1), baptized Octo- 
ber 14, 1739, died March, 1753. Stephen Conkling (1), son of 
William Conkling (1), of Easthampton, was born in Easthampton, 
L. I., and baptized September 3, 1721. On September 3, 1747, he 
married Miss Deborah Dimon, of Easthampton, who was baptized 
February 23, 1724, and was the daughter of John (3), James (2), 
Thomas (1), and Elizabeth (Davis) Dimon. About the year 
1752-'3, Stephen Conkling with his family removed from Long 
Island to Morris County, N. J. He was a freeholder in New 
Jersey in 1752. He may have acquired land there before he 
moved. The records of the First Presbyterian Church of Morris- 
town show that Stephen Conkling was admitted to membership 
in that church in the year 1755. He was prominent in church 
affairs, his official relation being that of Tinistee. He was a 
patriot of the "Revolution," and a member of the military force 
of the State during the war. Stephen Conkling, 1st, died at his 
home in Morristown, N. J., and was buried in the cemetery of 
the First Presbyterian Church. The headstone or memorial 
tablet that marks his resting place is of a reddish brown color, 
and is in a good state of cultivation, is about thirty-three 
inches in height, twenty-four inches in width, and about one and 
one-half inches in thickness. The inscription on the headstone 
is as follows: 

''Sacred 

to the Memory of 

Stephen ConlcUng, Sen., 

Who Departed This Life Sept. 8, 1791, 

Aged 70 Years and 6 Days. 

The glorious God thou didst love and fear 
And to His sacred Word adhere, 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 27 

Faithful ill thy Savior's cause was ever seen 
In Church and State a useful member been." 

His wife, Deborah Dimon, died August 23, 1774, aged forty-nine 
years. These children were born to Stephen and Deborah Conk- 
ling : 1st, Climena, daughter of Stephen Conkling, 1st, born in 
Easthampton, June 30, 1748 ; married, November 22, 1773, to 
Josiah Ayrs, of Baskingridge ; liad children — (1) Stephen, (2) 
Deborah. 

2. WILLIAM, third son of Stephen Conkling, 1st, born in East- 
hampton October 22, 1749 ; married Rebecca Whitaker, daugh- 
ter of Jonathan Whitaker, of Mine Brook. He lived at Bask- 
ingridge ; had children — (1) Phebe, born 29th September, 1779; 
(2) Stephen (3), born February 3, 1782, first married Sally 
Coriell, second Catherine Taylor; (3) Jonathan, born October 
28, 1783, married Apha Colie. 

4. Mary, born October 7, 1785, and married John Littell (born 
28th November, 1779, son of Nathaniel Littell, of New Provi- 
dence) on May 6, 1809. John Littell was author of "First 
Settlers of Passaic Valley, 1852." He served his country in a 
number of official positions and was a man of honor and more 
than ordinary ability. They had ten children born to them. 

5. William (4), born August 23, 1787, married, but had no 
children. 

6. Joseph, born November 28, 1789, married Sarah Hall, 
daughter of Richard Hall; no children mentioned. 

7. Isaac (3), born January 24, 1792, married Emily Halsey 
Fitch, daughter of Colonel Grant Fitch, of Newton, Sussex 
County; no children mentioned. 

8. Nathaniel, born March 5, 1794, married Miss Janos S. 
Rose, and had children — James Augustus, Mary Margaret and 
Anna Eliza. William Conkling (3) died February 14, 1803. 

3. STEPHEN (2), (third child of Stephen Conkling (1), son of 
William (1), of Easthampton), born May 10, 1751; married, 
first, Abigail Mitchel, May 2, 1776, who died April 20, 1777; 
married, second. May 7, 1779, Rachel Lindley McCarty (born 
June 1, 1758, died June 19, 1798), daughter of Benjamin and 



28 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

Sarah Liiidley, and widow of McCarty. Stephen Conk- 
ling (2) died August 31, 1788. Stephen and Rachel Conkling 
had children — (1) Sarah, born September 14, 1779, married 
the Rev. Aaron Condit (born August (>, 17G5, died April 10, 
1852), Presbyterian minister of Hanover, no children; she 
died August 15, 1854. 

2. Elizabeth, born September 15, 1782. died March 14. 1866; 
she never married ; was a milliner, and educated several chil- 
dren of her brothers Stephen and Benjamin. 

3. Rachel, born October 30, 1784, died June 4. 1790. 

STEPHEN CONKLING. 

STEPHEN CONKLING (3), fourth child of Stephen Conkling 
(2) and Rachel Lindsley Conkling, was born October 22, 1786, 
died July 8, 1863. He was a saddler and a farmer. He mar- 
ried October 29, 1809, Abagail Cook, born August 23, 1789, died 
April 29, 1817, daughter of Colonel James Cook, of Morristown, 
N. J, To them were born four children, viz. : 

1. Elizabeth Shaw Conkling. 

2. Edgar Conkling. 

3. Henry Conkling. 

4. James Cook Conkling. 

STEPHEN CONKLING married, second (September 1, 1818), 
Margaret Belknap (born May 16, 1791, died September 11, 
1867 (daughter of Abel Belknap, of Norwalk, Conn. To them 
eight children were born : 
5 — 1, Sarah (died young), 
6—2, Charles. 
7 — 3. Stephen, 
8 — 4. William Johnson. 
9 — 5. Francis (died young). 
10 — 6. Mary Belknap (died young). 
11 — 7. Aaron. 
12—8. Julia Ann. 

ELIZABETH SHAW CONKLING (born December 21, 1810), 
died March 10, 1879, in New Orleans, La., of pneumonia, and 



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is buried there. Slie married (October 14, 1847) James T. 
Gildersleeve (born April 10, 1803, died July 15, 1876), at Hud- 
son, 111. He was a widower with one son, Charles. They had 
no children. 

EDGAR CONKLING (born August 30, 1812, died December 9, 
1881), born in Morristown, N. J., died in Springfield, 111., and 
buried in Bloomington, 111. He married, in Cincinnati, O. 
(August 30, 1833), Belinda Longworth (born February 5, 1813, 
died August 31, 1871), in Morgan County, O. They had no 
children. 

HENRY CONKLING (born April 27, 1814, died January 28, 
1888) was thrice married— first (July 27, 1837), to Eliza Wiley 
(born March 27, 1819, died April 1, 1850), in Knox County, O. 
He died in Bloomington, 111., and she in Blooming Grove, O. 
They had three children, viz, ; 

1. Newton Wiley (born June 19, 1838, died June 26, 1842), 
born in Mt. Vernon, O., died in LeRoy, 111. 

2. Albert Cook (born August 30, 1841). born in LeRoy. 

3. Elizabeth Catharine (born April 25, 1846, died April 14, 
1849), born in Richmond County, O., died in Blooming Grove, 
Ohio. 

HENRY CONKLING married, second (January 1, 1851), Eliza 
S. Sampson (born September 9, 1827, died October 19, 1873) 
at Bloomington, 111. Her maiden name was Oliver, and she 
was the widow of Lucian A. Sampson with one daughter. Belle. 
They had six children, viz. : 

4 — 1. Henry Oliver. 

5 — 2. Edgar Graham. 

6 — 3. Francis Wing. 

7 — 4. James G. 

8—5. William J. 
Twins. 

9—6. Caroline Belinda. 

4 — 1. Henry Oliver (born October 11, 1851, died November 
21, 1899), born in Hudson, 111. 

5 — 2. Edgar Graham (born November 16, 1853), married 
(October 17, 1878) Oella J. Koogler (born October 30, 1859, 



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31 




<&, 



Dr. Henry Conkling, of Illinois, 
Surgeon in U. S. Army in "Civil War. 



•-^. 



32 



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Edgar Graham Conkling, of Sej-mour, 111 
son of Dr. Henry Conkling, of Illinois. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 33 

died June 28, 1909). He was born in Hudson, and she in 
Champaign County, 111. They had two children, viz. : 

Frank Koogler (born July 29, 1880). 

Helen (born September 29, 1882, died , ), mar- 
ried (October 12, 1909) Donald Stevenson Condit (born Octo- 
ber 25, 1878). They have one child, Oella Helen (born August 
6, 1910). 

6 — 3. Francis Wing (born August 16, 1857), born in Hud- 
son, 111., and has been married twice — first (August 2, 1888) 
to Stelle F. Park (born December 4, 18G7, died September 14, 
1893). She was born in Decatur, Neb., married in Tekamah, 
Neb., and died in Chicago. They had one child, viz. : 

Francis Park (bora November 30, 1889). He married, sec- 
ond (September 24, 1898), Edna Marilla Cutshall (born April 
12, 1876), She was born in Sibley, Iowa, and married in Omaha. 
They have two children : 

2—1. Zella Irene (born February 9, 1900). 

3 — 2. Clarence Marion (born August 12, 1902). 

9 — 6. Caroline Belinda (born July 4, 1865, died , 

■ ) married (November 7, 1894) Harry Huntington Staley. 

She was born in Bloomington, 111., and he in Rochester, N. Y. 
They had five children, viz. : 

1. George Custer (bora July 1, 1896, died April 8, 1897). 

2. Richard Conkling (born June 29, 1898). 

3. Harry Huntington (bom February 19, 1900, in Salt Lake 
City). 

4. Thomas Marion (born March 10, 1902, in Salt Lake City). 

5. Maude (born December 6, 1903, died December 17, 1903). 
The first two boys and Maude were born in Omaha. 

HENRY CONKLING married, third (May — , 1876), Matilda 
W. Dodge (born June 13, 1825, died April 30, 1908). Her 
maiden name was Withers. They had no children. 

JAMES COOK (born October 13, 1816, died March 1, 1899; 
born in New York City and died in Springfield, 111.) married 
(September 21, 1841) at Baltimore, Md., Mercy Ann Riggs 
Levering (born November 21, 1817, died October 17, 1893). 



34 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

She was born in Georgetown, D. C, and died in Springfield, 
111. They had seven children, viz. : 

1. James Lowroson. 

2. Clinton Levering. 

3. Charles. 

4. James. 

5. Annie Virginia. 

6. Alice. 

7. Katie. 

JAMES LOWROSON (born July 24, 1842, died September 29, 

1842). 

CLINTON LEVERING (born October IG, 1843) married (March 
12, 1867) in Springfield, 111., Georgia Barrell (born November 
29, 1846). They had four children, viz.: 

1. A son (died at birth). 

2. Georgia. 

3. Catharine Levering. 

4. Anna Douglas. 

Georgia (born October 28, 1872) married (April 8, 1896) 
Waldo S. Reed (born August 30, 1868). They have one child 
Margaret (born April 8, 1898). 

Catherine Levering (born December 1, 1874) married 
(August 23, 1905) John S. McCormick, of Pittsburgh, Pa. They 
have no children. 

Anna Douglas (born May — , 1877, died August 22, 1878). 

CHARLES, third child of James and Mercy (born July 1, 1848). 

JAMES, fourth child of James and Mercy (born January 4, 
1850), married (March 23, 1871) Fanny Lowry (born March 
23, 1849) in Covington, Ky. They had six children, viz.: 

1. James Levering. 

2. Maria. 

3. Fanny Riggs. 

4. Alice Mercie. 

5. Nora Buckner. 

6. Lelia. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 35 

James Levering (born February 9, 1872. died August 18, 
1872). 

Maria (born May 21, 1873) married (November 3, 1904) 
David C. Benedict. 

Fanny Riggs (born July 20, 1875). 

Alice Mercie (born July 19, 1877). 

Nora Buckner (born December 8, 1878). 

Lelia (born October 2, 1881). 

ANNIE VIRGINIA (born July 2, 1853) married three tim^s, 
each time first wife, and never had any children ; married first 

(November 25, 1875) to Nathaniel S. Wood (born , 

, died March — , 1879) in LaFayette, Ind. ; married second 

(January 18, 1882) Dr. Frederick L. Matthews (born June 10, 
1841, died December 24, 1891) ; married third (April 25, 1905) 
William T. Brj'an, of Peoria, 111. 

ALICE (born April 25, 1856j never married, and lives in Spring- 
field, 111. 

KATIE (born July — , 1860, died February — , 1861). 

STEPHEN CONKLING married second (September 1, 1818) 
Margaret Belknap (born May 16, 1791, died September 11, 
1867), daughter of Abel and Hannah Williams Belknap. Eight 
children were born to them : 

5 — 1. Sarah (born December 7, 1820, died November 5, 1824). 

e— 2. Charles (born November 24, 1823, died May 8, 1902), 
born in New York City and died in Wooster, O., married (Sep- 
tember 2, 1850) at Wellington, O., Mary Ann Adams (born 
August 15, 1815, died April 18, 1870) ; she was born in Otis, 
Berkshire County, Mass., and died in Oberlin, O. They had 
three children, viz. : 

1. Alice Coles. 

2. Charles Grandisou. 

3. Florence Perry. 

Alice Coles (born May 29, 1851) never married, and now 
teaching in Oklahoma. 

Charles Grandison (born December 18, 1853, died April 16, 
1862). 



36 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

Florence Perry (bom January 27, 1S5S, died January 30, 

1862). 

7—3. STEPHEN (born September 22, 1825, died May 14, 1872), 
born in New York City and died in Champaign, 111. He was 
twice married — first (October 13, 1856) to Eliza Ann Parks 
(born December 7, 1824, died September 11, 1858). They had 
one child, viz. : 

Mary Belknap (born May 4, 1858, died August 27, 1858). 

He married second (April 24, 1862), at Wheaton, 111., Antoi- 
nette Glossen (born September 6, 1832, died December 6, 1899). 
They had four children, viz. : 

2 — 1. Eliza Cornelia. 

3 — 2. Charles Sumner. 

4 — 3. Stephen Ames. 

5 — 4. Harry. 

Eliza Cornelia (born January 28, 1863, died November 14, 
1865). 

Charles Sumner (born September 16, 1864, died November 
27, 1865). 

Stephen Ames (born December 19, 1866, died August 7, 1869). 

Harry (born December 14, 1869). 

WILLIAM JOHNSON CONKLING (born November 21, 1826, 
died February 7, 1904), born in New York City and died in 
Springfield, 111., married ( September 11, 1855) Olivia Jeannette 
Holton (born September 21, 1828, died October 30, 1905), 
daughter of George W. and Sarah Hosford Holton; she was 
born in Thetford, Va., and died in Springfield, 111. To them 
were born five children: 

1. Ella Georgene. 

2. William Holton. 

3. A son. 

Twins. 

4. Sarah Belknap. 

5. Grace Heaton. 



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37 




Hon. William Johnson Conkling 
of Springfield, 111. 



^^ 



38 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 




Mrs. William Johnson Conkling, of Springfield, 111. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 39 

ELLA GEORGENE (bom August 8, 1856) married (March 9, 
1876) Henry Peck Buckley (born May 29, 1859, died June 24, 
1901). They had seven children: 

1. William Thompson. 

2. May Alice. 

3. Henry Morehouse. 

4. Edgar Heaton. 

5. Ralph Conkling. 

6. Julia Jeannette. 

7. Helen Grace. 

William T. (born September 7, 1878) married (October 11, 
1905) Margaret Dwyer (born August 13, 1880). They have 
no children. 

Mary Alice (born November 15, 1S79) married (April 22, 
1903) Edward Bayliss Brittiu (born May 23, 1880). They 
have twin daughters : 

Ella Conkling and Catherine Lake (born August 8, 1904). 

HENRY M. (born December 11, 1882) married (May 11, 1910) 
Marie Schlosser (born December 12, 1890). They had one 
daughter (born May 29, 1912). 

EDGAR HEATON (born August 10, 1884) married (August 16, 
1905) Clara Hollem (born June 7. 1884). They have two 
children, viz. : 

Ruth Clara (born May 21, 1906). 

Edgar Heaton (born November 18, 1911). 

RALPH CONKLING (born January 4, 1886) married (June 24, 
1905) Zelle Sheplar (born June 7, 1886). They have two 
children : 

Henry Peck (born December 11, 1905). 
Dorothy Sheplar (born February 22, 1907). 

JULIA JEANNETTE (born May 3, 1888) married (January 27, 
1909) Volney Vandercook (born October 16, 1881). They 
have no children. 

HELEN GRACE (born November 1. 1893), unmarried. 



40 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

WILLIAM HOLTON (born September 12, 185S) married (May 
29, 1SS4) iu Jacksonville, 111., Sarah Jane Thomson (born 
December 17, 1860, died March 31, 1903). They had two 
daughters : 

Ella Grace (born May 12, 1885). 

Aimie Jeannette (born June 26, 1888). 

SARAH BELKNAP (born October 23, 1862, died October 9, 1863, 
of summer complaint). 

GRACE HEATON (born September 3, 1861) married (June 18, 
1885) George Wilson Leaverton (born December 9, 1862). 
Two children born : 

May Jeannette (born April 4, 1886). 

William John (born February 9, 1888). 

9 — 5. Francis Conkling (born July 27, 1828, died September 
8, 1829). 

10 — 6. Mary Belknap (born February 16, 1830, died March 
7, 1849). 

11 — 7. Aaron Belknap (born January 7, 1832, died February 
26, 1909) married (May 29, 1860) Mary M. Maltby (born Feb- 
ruary 11, 1832, died October 13, 1901). To them were given 
six children: 

1. Anna Julia. 

2. Edwin Starr. 

3. William Johnson. 

4. Katie, 

5. John Maltby. 

Twins. 

6. Mary Elizabeth. 

Anna Julia (born March 31, 1862) married (May 6, 1886) 
Arthur Bliss Seymour (born January 3, 18.!)9). They had 
four children: 

1. Mary Elizabeth (born January 27, 1889). 

2. Rosa Margaret (born April 28, 1S90). 

3. Frank Conkling (born July 21, 1895). 

4. Edith Katharine (born September 28, 1896). 

Edwin Starr (born May 7, 1864, died November 25, 1870). 



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41 




Mrs. Grace Horton Conkling Leaverton, 
of Springfield, 111. 



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Miss ]\Iay J. Leaverton, 

daughter of Mrs. Grace Horton Conkling Leaverton, 

of Springfield, 111. 



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43 




\V. J. Leaverton, of Springfield, 111., 
son of Mrs. Grace H. C. Leaverton. 



44 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

William Johnson (born June 9, 1867) married first (July 10, 
1901) Oella Evans (born October 30, 1869, died October 28, 
1909). They were given three children: 

Mary Jeannette (born May 10, 1902). 

Margaret (born March 10, 1904). 

William Evans (born July 10, 1906). 

William Johnson married second (June 22, 1911) Sarah 
Harrison Silver (born December 6, 1867). 

Katie (one of the twins), born April 13, 1869, died August 
18, 1869. 

John Maltby (born April 13, 1869) married first (December 
10, 1903) Sarah Wright Shaw (born August 20, 1869, died 
May 16, 1908). They had one son: 

Henry Belknap (born February 27, 1905). 

John M. married second (April 7, 1910) Maud Elizabeth 
Luckey (born January 31, 1871). 

Mary Elizabeth (born April 19, 1872, died July 17, 1872). 

12— S. Julia Ann (born June 13, 1833, died January 29, 1887) 
married (September 1, 1863) Cyrus Sawyer Morehouse (born 
December 13, 1840). They had no children. 

DR. HENRY CONKLING was a graduate of the Sterling Medical 
College of Columbus, Ohio, and followed his profession success- 
fully for many years. During the War of the Rebellion he was 
sent to the South in 1864 by Governor Yates, of Illinois, as an 
additional surgeon to look after the sanitary condition of the 
soldiers, and was assigned to the Seventh Illinois U. C. 
During this same year he wrote a campaign document, entitled 
"The Inside View of the Rebellion, and the American Citizens' 
Text-Book," and a great many thousand copies of this docu- 
ment were circulated. Illinois took the first ten thousand, 
w^hich were printed by the Chicago Tribune. The document 
was also printed in Cincinnati, Ohio, and many thousands of 
copies were circulated in Ohio, Indiana and other States. It 
was a remarkably effective campaign document, and greatly 
helped to roll up the large majority which was given to re- 
elect Abraham Lincoln. 

Dr. Henry Conkling also took a very active part and car- 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA " 45 

ried through to final success in 1870 the project of building 
the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railroad, from 
Indianapolis, Ind., to Peoria, 111., and it would most certainly 
have failed had it not been for his persistent and untiring 
efforts. 

4. RUTH, daughter of Stephen Conkling (1), baptized in Morris 
County, N. J., by Rev. Timothy Johnes, January 27, 1754 ; 
married Stephen Whitaker (as his second wife), brother of 
Rebecca, of Mine Brook, January 27, 1779. The first wife of 
Stephen Whitaker was Susan White, by whom he had one 
child, (1) Susan, who married Alexander Finley. By Ruth 
Conkling he had children as follows: (2) Jonathan, married 
Mary Bailey, lived in New York; (3) Mary, married Moses 
Hall; (4) Debora, married William Ray, lived in New York; 

(5) Stephen Conkling, died in 1851; (6) Henry Axtel, died, 
aged five years; (7) William Henry; (8) Helen Elizabeth, 
died, aged eleven months. 

5. MARY, daughter of Stephen Conkling (1), of Basking Ridge, 
born and baptized in Morris County, September 17, 1758 ; mar- 
ried, February 18, 1778, to John Runyon, sou of Richard, of 
Long Hill, and removed to Ohio and settled near the head of 
the Little Miami River. John Runyon died in 1836. His wife, 
Mary, died in 1848. They had children: (1) Stephen, died in 
1813, unmarried; (2) Richard; (3) John; (4) Elias ; (5) 
Betsy, who married Joseph McLain ; (6) Debby, who married 

James McLain, brother of Joseph; (7) Polly, married Mr. 

Vance; (8) Anne; and three other daughters. 

6. ISAAC, son of Stephen Conkling (1), born and baptized in 
Morris County, August 30, 1761 ; married, August 24, 1784, to 
Comfort Pitney; died September 12, 1791. Had children: 
(1) Sarah, born November 25, 1784; (2) Jonathan Dimon, born 
July 7, 1787. 

7. JOHN, son of Stephen Conkling (1), born and baptized in 
Morris County, November 6, 1763; married Elizabeth Mills 
(2), December 3, 1784. 



46 THP] CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

8. See ABRAHAM CONKLING. 

9. DEBORAH, daughter of Stephen Conkling (1), born April 
17, 1769, in Morris County; married, March IS, 1790, to 
Jolin Seward and removed to Goshen, New York. 

ABRAHAM, or Abram, Conkling, the eighth child of Stephen 
Conkling, was born in Morris County, New Jersey, September 29, 
1765, and died in Ohio in 1817. On February 11, 1789, he mar- 
ried Miss Jemima Lindley, who was born November 15, 1769, 
and died in the State of Ohio in 1822. She was the fifth child 
of Major Joseph Lindsley by his first wife, Anna. They were 
married in Morristown, N. J., by Rev. Timothy Johnes, February 
11, 1789. By this marriage there were ten children born : 

1. Anna, unmarried, died, aged 6 years. 

2. Mariah, married John Perry first, and Noble Jenkins, second 
husband, and lived in Indiana, and had eight children. 

3. Deborah, married Ira Broadwell, and had nine children, 
lived on Indian Hill, Ohio. 

4. Richard, married three times, lived on Indian Hill, Ohio, 
had nine children ; manufactured white lead. 

5. Eliza, married William Tingley, lived on Indian Hill, Ohio. 
Their children were : Elizabeth, John Beers, Jonathan, Samuel, 
Jemima, William Benton, and Albert. 

6. Zela, married Sarah Chapman. (See Zela Conkling.) 

7. Joseph Lindley, had four wives; by second wife one child, 
and by third wife two children. 

8. William, married, lived in Cincinnati, had five children. (See 
John Little MSS.) 

9. Willamina, married William Morton, lived in Ohio, had chil- 
dren : Jemima, Susannah, Sarah, Emily, and Isaac. 

10. John Ruuyan, born November 6, 1814, and Amanda Connet, 
born July 29, 1815, were married February 28, 1834, in Ohio, and 
had children as follows: 



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47 




Mr. Homer Caples Conkling, 
son of Albert L. Conkling, of Florida, 



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Mrs. Homer Caples Conkling, of Florida. 



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Karnes. Alarrivd. 

Albert L Anna Brown, of Daviess Co., Mo. 

Ira B 1st, Mary Stowe; 2d, Ernestine Shaw, of Texas. 

Charity A P. F. Goben, of Missouri. 

Ellen J I^dward Stowe, of Texas. 

Katherine E Rev. Jno. H. Porter, of Texas. 

Mary W Joel Stowe, of Texas. 

William H Died in infancy. 

John R Met a soldier's death, 1S64, Wilderness, Vir- 
ginia. 

Charles A Meda M. 3—, of Texas. 

Deborah J Lee Yeowel, of Texas. 

Sarah M Sinclair, of Texas. 

Margaret L T. J. Knight, of Texas. 

Joseph L Mary C. McGrady, of Texas. 

Richard A Ida Wade, of Texas. 

In 1850 John Runyau Conkling emigrated from Ohio to Mis- 
souri and settled on a farm in Livingston County. He was a 
cooper and a fine workman, an active Mason, and an exemplary 
man in every respect. In 1S57 he moved to Texas and died in 
Denton County. 

Zela Conkling was the sixth child of Abram Conkling and 
Jemima Lindley, or Lindsley. He was born on the 11th day of 
December, 1801, in Morris County, New Jersey. About the year 
1804-5 his father removed from New Jersey to Ohio, and settled 
on Indian Hill, Columbia Township, Hamilton County. In this 
county Zela Conkling grew to manhood. He learned the cooper's 
trade in Cincinnati. He attended night school and became a 
fair English scholar. He was especially well informed on ancient 
and modern history. While learning his trade in Cincinnati he 
had access to the Public Library anl was a constant patron of 
it, and thus he became a student and ultimately a scholar of no 
mean attainments. In his young manhood he became a member 
of a militia regiment and rose to the rank of major, which title 
remained with him during life. May 22, 1823, he married Miss 
Sarah Chapman, of Hamilton County, Ohio, who was born in 
the city of Baltimore, Md., on August 3, 1804. After marriage 



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daughter of Richard Conkling. 



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he worked at his trade for some years in Cincinnati and acquired 
some means and purchased a home in the town of Millford, Ohio, 
but on account of defective title he lost the property. He then 
returned to Cincinnati and applied himself to his trade, and by 
economy soon had sufficient funds to enter 160 acres of land in 
the Miami River bottom. The land was heavily timbered and 
somewhat swampy, but after a year or two he succeeded in 
"clearing off" forty acres suitable for cultivation. But his wife's 
health failing, he sold the "farm," and in the year 183S, in the 
early spring, he embarked on a steamboat for the "Grand River 
Country" in northern Missouri. He landed at the town of De- 
Witt, in Carroll County. Loading his household effects into a 
heavy wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen, he "trekked" the almost 
pathless prairie to what is now the extreme southwest corner 
of Grundy County, but which was then Livingston County, this 
county extending at that time — 1838 — to the Iowa line. 

Accompanying Zela Conkling on this "move" from Cincinnati, 
Ohio, was George Tmot, with his family. No two pioneers, 
better qualified to endure hardships, ever entered the Western 
wilderness. They were both mechanics. They were both in the 
prime of life. They were experienced woodsmen. They were 
experts with the rifle, but did not dei)€nd upon it for a liveli- 
hood. They were social and domestic in their habits. They knew 
what the comforts of civilized life were. And so their thoughts 
and endeavors turned towards the attainment of the enjoyments 
and excellencies of life. "Cabins" were soon erected ; other build- 
ings soon followed. The second year a school was started in a 
cabin, and in a few years a school house was built, which was 
one of the first built in Grundy County. It attracted settlers. 
It also attracted preachers. The "circuit rider" came quickly. 
Then the "Baptist" was heard "preaching in the wilderness." 
Soon more than a dozen families located in reach of this "school 
house," and it became a center of influence. It became a regular 
preaching place for Methodist and Baptist and became known 
as "Gee's Creek Meeting House." The first "teachers" employed 
to teach in this school house were James Estes, Joshua Bond, and 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 53 

George H. Newton, a "Yankee," about whom more may be said 
further on in this volume. 

After seven years of hardship, toil, and suffering, though not 
unmixed with some joy and triumph, Zela Conkling endured a 
painful bereavement. As is said of Ezekiel, "his wife died." 
Sarah Chapman Conkling died September 3, 1845. She lived a 
Christian and died in peace. Her tomb is in the cemetery of 
Mount Pleasant church yard, Gee's Creek, Grundy County, Mo. 

Sarah Chapman Conkling was a strong character — strong in 
her devotion to her ideals of life. The firmness of her religious 
convictions was phenomenal. Duty, as she understood it, was 
the aim and end of life. Kind, affectionate, devoted, yet firm 
in all relations; she was respectful, dignified, courteous and 
friendly. She was companionable and a social favorite. There 
was a magnetism in her presence that charmed and attracted, 
and all that knew her were her friends. It was common for 
friends to say that Sarah Conkling was juf>t naturally good. 
Doubtless she was a favorite of Dame Nature, which is a good 
asset. But she was intensely religious, and none knew this 
better than her family. And it was this that made her a 
devoted wife and an affectionate mother. Her admirers said 
she was amiable. It was religion reflected in her life. One 
of her children said that mother could sing "Away over in 
the Promised Land" sweeter than anybody else. This may 
have been tinged with filial affection, but Sarah Conkling's 
religious life was real — and her memory is dearly sweet. 

The children of Zela and Sarah Conkling were as follows : 

1. William, born October 19, 1824; married Miss Kersey; had 
two children — Mary, who married James Davis, and Sarah, who 
married Mr. Borden. William died 18S6. 

2. John Lindley, born September 29, 1826; unmarried; was a 
Methodist minister. Died September 6, 1845. 

The ministry of John Lindley Conkling was restricted to 
a little less than two years, yet in that short time many thous- 
ands heard the Gospel from one whose tongue had been touched 
with a live coal from the altar. His most striking character- 
istic as a boy and a young man was his habit of studiousness. 



54 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

Having a retentive memory, he seemed to be precocious to a 
remarkable degree, and yet lie was modest and unpretentious. 
As he grew to young manhood his deportment and piety won 
him a place in the atfections of his companions, and he became 
a favorite with the young and old. His gift of language and 
ease of description made him a most pleasant speaker. People 
came in throngs from near and far to hear him preach. The 
thousands that heard him at camp meetings were drawn to him 
as by an invisible power. And j'et, like some swift meteor that 
flashes athw^art the sky to please and arouse wonder and then 
disappears, so this messenger passed away, and only memorj^ 
recalls his brilliancy and cherishes his virtues. 

3. Abram, born May 14, 1828. Died August 17, 1829. 

4. Margaret Jemima, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 18, 1830; 
married in Grundy County, Mo., October 11, 1845, to George H. 
Newton ; died April 2, 1905, in Hollister, €al. Five children were 
born to them : Genevera, Byron, Alice, Hulda and Bascom. 
Genevera and Hulda are dead. Alice and Bascom live in Hollis- 
ter, Cal. Byron lives in Greeley, Col. All are married and have 
children. George H. Newton was born in Canadaigua, Ontario 
County, New York, October 20, 1820. With his parents he re- 
moved to northeastern Ohio in early life, and when grown went 
west to Missouri, and engaged in teaching school. After his 
marriage, as stated above, he taught school for some years, and 
then became a Methodist minister. He was a member of the 
"Missoui'i Conference until 1875, when he transferred to the 
"Pacific Conference" and was an itinerant until he was super- 
annuated. He died in Hollister, Cal., August 24, 1898. Rev. 
George Hutton Newton was a man of more than ordinary ability 
and intelligence. He was a success as a teacher and a minister 
of great usefulness. His manner of speech was attractive, in- 
terspersed with effective pleasantry and soft words and hard 
arguments. His knowledge of human nature seemed intuitive, 
and gave him access to the feelings and motives of his hearers. 
His characteristics were ''faith, hope and charity." He was 
always optimistic, and one of the most companionable of men, 
and a kinder heart never beat in a human bosom. He was an 



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55 




Mrs. Margaret Jemima Conkling Newton, 
wife of Rev. George H. Newton, of California. 



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Rev. George Hutton Newton, of California. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 57 

affectionate husband and a fond father. His entire life is an 
enduring monument to the Christian religion. 

Margaret Jemima Conkling Newton was a faithful wife, a 
devoted mother, an intelligent Christian, a great lover of her 
people, and the recognized historian of the Conklings and allied 
families in the West. 

5. Joseph, born September 6, 1S33 ; married Miss Mary Jane 
Harville, of Daviess County, August 3, 1854, who was born in 
1835 in Illinois. There were three children born to them: John 
Lindley, Adelia and Ptollie. John L. lives in Rollinsville, Col., 

is an experienced miner, is single. Adelia married Mr. 

Myers, who is a farmer and lives near Cleveland, Cass County, 
Mo. Have children. Ptollie is married and lives in Rose Dale, 
Kan., have no children. Joseph Conkling was a farmer and a 
carpenter ; was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and 
energy. It is said that had he lived he would have gone to 
the front in any undertaking of life. His short life was exem- 
plary. He ever maintained the fonns of religion in his family. 
He was named for Major Joseph Lindley, of the Revolution. 
"Jo" was ever a favorite of his brothers and sisters, and it was 
a great sorrow that he fell a victim to the civil strife so lament- 
able in our country's history. He died a soldier's death in a 
skirmish with Guerillas, August 19, 1862. Mary, his wife, died 
in 1868. 

6. Thomas Jefferson, born in Ohio, May 12, 1835 ; married Miss 
Sarah Jane Dryden, November 30, 1864, who was born May 10, 
1837, daughter of Mr. Gus. Dryden, who emigrated from Mis- 
souri to California in 1862. The Drydens were early settlers 
in Missouri and were of a distinguished and influential family, 
honorable, affable, generous, cultured, and religious — a type that 
awakens pleasant memories of the early days in Missouri. 
Thomas Jefferson in early life manifested a fondness for books 
and literary culture, and was a phenomenal student. Being en- 
dowed with a wonderful retentive memory, he easily became a 
scholar of distinction. As a mathematician and penman he had 
few equals. For twelve years he was chief deputy clerk in the 
County Clerk's office of Grundy County, Mo. In 1863 he went 



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Mr. Joseph Lindley Conkling, 
son of Zela Conkling. 



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Judge Thomas Jefferson Conkling, 
of San Jose, Cal., son of Zela Conkling. 



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Sarah Jane Dryden Conkling, 

daughter of Augustine Dryden, of Missouri, 

and wife of Thomas J. Conkling, of San Jose, Cal. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 61 

to Califoruia and opened a ranch, and by industry and economy 
soon obtained a competency. His knowledge of law gave him 
prominence, and he served as judge in his county for some 
years. He is now in his seventy-eighth year, and his eye is not 
dimmed ; has never used glasses, reads the finest print with ease, 
and writes with astonishing elegance. His style of composition 
is clear and direct. His home is in the city of San Jose, Cal., 
having retired from the common activities of life. 

7. Richard, born in Ohio, February 22, 1838; married Miss 
Julia Harville, of Daviess County, Mo., September 2, 1858, who 
was born November 17, 1841. Richard died March 17, 1912. 
Julia, his wife, died May 20, 1911. Children were born to them 
as follows : Zylphia J., Francis A., Emma B., Zela G., Finley R., 
Sarah L., George E., Charles E., Frederick R., and Homer I. 
Richard was remarkable for his musical talent, which he doubt- 
less inherited from his maternal ancestors, the "Lindleys." From 
childhood he loved music, and it was the delight of his life. 
His judgment of rythm, melody and dynamics seemed intuitive. 
For some years previous to his death he lived in Amarillo, Texas. 
Richard was wounded in a skirmish with Guerillas in Livingston 
County on August 19, 1862. 

8. Willamina, born in Grundy County, Mo., December 7, 1839; 
married Samuel W. Price, of Daviess County, Mo., October 23, 
1862, who was born in Virginia, November 20, 1837 ; died June 
1, 1912. He was the second child of Mr. Addison and Peggy 
(Brown) Price, who were Virginians and emigrated to Missouri 
in an early day, and settled in Daviess County. Samuel W. Price 
was a farmer and an industrious man, and acquired a com- 
petency. About 1896 he with his family removed to Hollywood, 
now a part of the city of Los Angeles, Cal. Here he purchased 
a lemon ranch and continued to prosper. He was a good citizen 
and a Christian, and his life is a precious legacy to his wife, 
children, relatives and friends. Five children were born to them : 
Thomas, Walter, Willie, Anna, Dora and Samuel Martin. All 
live in California but Samuel M., who lives in Bates County, Mo. 
Walter married in Missouri. His wife. Highland, died in Cali- 
fornia ; had no children. Willie married Mr, William Ewing ; have 



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Richard Conkling, son of Zela Conkling. 



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Mrs. Julia Haiville Conkling, 
wife of Richard Conkling of Texas. 



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Samuel \V. Price, 

son of Adison Price, of Missouri, and 

Mrs. Willamina Conkling Price, 

daughter of Zela Conkling. 



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four children. Anna is not married. Dora married Mr. Robert 
Anderson, son of John B. and Martha Anderson, and lives in 
Sacramento ; has two children, Robert and James. Samuel M. 
is married and has two children. 

9. Ira Broadwell, born March 28, 1841, in Grundy County, Mo., 
was given an academic education, married Miss Sarah Frances 
Brown, October G, 18C3, who was a daughter of Samuel Kincaid 
and Sarah (Whitman) Brown, who emigrated from Greenbrier 
Countj', Va., to Missouri in 1839, and settled in Daviess County. 
Ira Broadwell taught school in Missouri for twenty-five years. 
On March IG, 1894, he was appointed Navy Pay Clerk and re- 
ported for duty in Washington, D. C, and served for ten years; 
since then he has filled other clerical positions by government 
appointment. Before marriage Sarah Frances Brown taught 
school for a number of years. She early in life identified her- 
self with the church, and her entire life has been one of 
intelligent activity and usefulness, and now that the premoni- 
tory shadows of life appear she peacefully abides in hope as she 
"brushes the dews of Jordan's banks." Five children were born 
of the above marriage, as follows : 

1. VIRGIL MARCELLUS, born January 23, 18G5 ; received his 
education in the graded schools and High School of Carrollton, 
Mo. He studied law under the instruction of Lon. Quesenberry, 
Esq., Prosecuting Attorney of Carroll County, and was admitted 
to the bar in July, 1884. On May 18, 188G, he married Miss 
Alpha Powers, born December 5, 18G6, daughter of Mr. William 
Powers, of Carroll County, Mo. After marriage he practiced 
law in Carrollton for about twenty years, and then removed to 
Kansas City. In 1908 was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Kansas 
City and Jackson County, and re-elected in 1910. 

During the early months of the year 1910, at the close of a 
strenuous and hotly contested murder trial in court, he suf- 
fered a nervous breakdown. After a rest he partially recovered, 
but subsequent legal contests were too much for his declining 
strength, and he became practically an invalid, and on Novem- 
ber 23, 1912, he passed peacefully away. His body rests in Mount 
Washington Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. 



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Hon. Virgil M. Conkling, of Kansas City, Mo. 
son of Ira B. Conkilng. 



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Mrs. Virgil M. Powers Conkling, 
of Kansas City, Mo. 



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Children were born of the above marriage as follows: 

(1) Jessie Ray, born June 18, 1887, graduated from Car- 
rollton High School in 1905, married June 30, 1909, to Mr. 
William R. Thorp, of Kansas City, Mo. 

(2) Roscoe Powers, born May 3, 1889, graduated from 
Kansas City High School in 1908, and from Missouri State 
University in 1912. He was admitted to the bar in January, 
1912. 

(3) Frances Tokio, born October 2, 1894, graduated from 
Kansas City High School in* 1912. 

(4) Virgil, Jr., born March 20, 1896, student in Kansas 
City High School. 

2. MARVIN WHITMAN, born May 23, 186(3, graduated from 
Carrollton High School, Mo., in 1885, went to California in 1887, 
studied law and was admitted to the "bar" in 1889 ; July 14, 1891, 
he married Miss Nettie Hamilton, born July 23, 1869, graduated 
from Los Angeles High School in 1890, daughter of Colonel 
Joseph and Julia Stokes Hamilton, who were from Georgia. 
Joseph Hamilton was a colonel in General Longstreet's Corps, 
Army of Northern Virginia. He died in Los Angeles in 1907. 

Marvin Whitman practiced law in Los Angeles, was Assistant 
District Attorney in 1892, serving for a term of two years. In 
the year 1907 he removed to El Ceutro, Imperial County, where 
he continues the practice of his profession. Children were born 
of the above marriage as follows : 

(1) Catherine, born July 2, 1892, died December 1, 1909. 

(2) Julia Hamilton, born November 19, 1893, graduated 
from El Centro High School in 1911 ; now student in Stanford 
University. 

(3) Joseph, born November 21, 1895, student in High School. 

3. NEWLAND CHAPMAN, born November 4, 1873, educated 
in the Carrollton High School, studied law under the instruc- 
tion of Virgil Conkling, his brother ; admitted to the bar in Car- 
rollton, Carroll County, Mo., in March, 1896. In the year 1900 
he was elected to represent his county in the Legislature, and 
re-elected in 1902 and 1904. He married Miss Byrd Reynolds, 



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Mrs. Jessie Conkling Thorp, 
daughter of Virgil M. Conkling, of Kansas City, Mo. 



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Mr. Roifcoe P. Conkling, of Kansas City, Mo. 
son of Virgil Conkling. 



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Miss Frances Tokio Conkling, 
daughter of Virgil M. Conkling, of Kansas City, Mo. 



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Virgil Conkling, Jr., 
son of Virgil Conkling, of Kansas City, Mo. 



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Marvin Whitman Conkling, of California. 



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Mrs. Nettie Hamilton Conkling, 
wife of Marvin W. Conkling, Esq., of California. 



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Kate, Julia and Jo Conkling, 
children of Marvin W. Conkling. 



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Hon. Newland Chapman Conkling, 
of Carrollton, Mo., son of Ira' B. Conkling. 



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Mrs. Byrd Reynolds Conkling, 
wife of Nevvland Conkling, of CarroUton, Mo. 



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daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Jerome Reynolds, of Covina, 
California. 

4. IRA FRANCIS, born in Carrollton, Mo., March 3, 1878, 
educated in Carrollton High School and "Wood's Commercial 
School'' of Washington, D. C, from which he graduated in 1897. 
For several years he was a clerk in the War Department. In 

1903 he married Miss Bessie Rudd, of Washington, D. C. In 

1904 he was stricken with acute Bright's disease and died Octo- 
ber 16, 1904. A modest Georgia granite monument marks his 
resting place in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D. C. 

5. EMMET DITZLER, born in Carrollton, Mo., April 26, 1883, 
educated in Carrollton schools and "Wood's Commercial School" 
of Washington, D. C. In 1900 he was appointed a deputy clerk 
in the County Clerk's office at Kansas City, Mo. He is now 
"Criminal Cost Clerk" in Auditor s office at Jefferson City, Mo. 
He is a skilled accountant. On June 26, 1910, he married Miss 
Charity Mclntyre, born October 14, 1886, daughter of Mr. John 
and Charity Ann Mclntyre, of Kansas City, Mo. 

10. James Finley, born October 13, 1844, and died in early 
infancy. 

Zela Conkling married Mrs. Jane Wilson, widow of Harvey 
Wilson, of Grundy County, Mo., as second wife, whose maiden 
name was Smith, of Pocahontas County, Ya., born February 19, 
1813, and died March 15, 1866. Her tomb is in Mount Pleasant 
Cemetery, Grundy County, Mo. She was an estimable Christian 
lady. At the time of this marriage she had three children : John 
Smith, Cyrus and Martha. John married Mary Miller in 1857, 
daughter of Judge W. F. Miller, a prominent lawyer of Livings- 
ton County, Mo., and five children were born to them: Scott, 
Lizzie, Lou, Mollie and Willie May. John and his wife, Mary, 
died in Lothrop, Mo., about 1889-'90. Martha married John B. 
Anderson in 1856. The Andersons were prominent and worthy 
people, and pioneers in Livingston County, Mo. Four children 
were born to them : Cyrus, James B., Emma F., and Robert L. 
Emma and Robert only are living. Emma is single, and her 
home is in San Jose, Cal Robert L. married Miss Dora Price, 
daughter of Mr. Samuel W. and Willamina Conkling Price, of 



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Mr. Ira Francis Conkling, 
son of Ira B. Conkling. 



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Mr. Emmet Ditzler Conkling, 
son of I. B. Conkling. 



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Mrs. Emmet Ditzler Mclntyre Conkling, 
of Kansas City, Mo. 



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Mrs. Jane Smith Wilson Conkling, 
second wife of Zela Conkling, of Grundy Co., Mo. 



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Los Angeles, Cal., and have two children : Robert P. and James 
W. Robert L. and family live in Sacramento, Cal. Cyinis Wilson 
married in Colorado and had two children by his wife, Corrilla 
T. Wilson: Eugene and Mary. Mary only Is living, and is 
married and lives in Oakland, Cal., married a Mr. Ringer and 
had one child, a boy. About the year 1858 John B. Anderson 
and family and Cyrus Wilson went West to California, and, re- 
turning to the Rocky Mountain region, John B. Anderson died at 
Cheyenne, May 17, 186*8. Cyrus Wilson died in Woodbridge, Cal.> 
in May, 1887. His wife, Corrilla T., died in Oakland, Cal., Jan- 
uary 4, 1912. These three stepchildren were most remarkable, 
in that they were so even-tempered, prudent, moral and upright. 
The writer will ever remember them with emotions of pleasure. 
Children were born to Zela and Jane Conkling as follows : 
11. Harv^ey Wilson, born October 29, 1846, and died February 
2, 1865. He was a model young man. 

12 and 13. Mariah Elizabeth and James Franklin were twins, 
and born April 24, 1849. Mariah married James Grimes, son 
of Judge Grimes, of Grundy County, Mo., in 1869, and emi- 
grated to the State of Oregon in 1870. Mariah died at Farm- 
ington. Wash., January 29, 1886. James Grimes died on May 
29, 1905. Seven children were born to them: 

1. George Conkling, born in Harrisburg, Ore., September 26 
1870; married, August 17, 1904, Miss Maud Bumette, and had 
children: (1) Kester Banarr, born July 1, 1905; (2) Bumette, 
born April 9, 1907; (3) Georgia Carlotta, born December 11, 1908. 

2. Carlotta Lee, born in Harrisburg, Ore., December 21, 1872; 
married George Ritchie, of Pullman, Wash. ; have one child, a 
girl. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, born in Harrisburg, Ore., March 10, 1875; 
married Samuel Hutchings, of Lewiston, Idaho ; have one child, 
a boy. 

4. Anna May, born in Harrisburg, Ore. ; married Frank Hub- 
bard, of Wenatchee, Wash. ; no children. 

5. Edwin Franklin, born in Farmington, Wash., January 10, 
1880; not married. 

6. Maggil Cleveland, born October 27, 1882; not married. 



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Mr. James Grimes, son of Judge Grimes, 

of Grundy Co., Mo., and 

Mrs. Mariah Elizabeth Conkling Grimes, 

daughter of Judge Zela Conkling, of Grundy Co., Mo. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 85 

7. Charles Forrest, born April 22, 1885; not married. 

The last three mentioned live in Montana. George Conkling 
Grimes is Superintendent of College Buildings of the State Col- 
lege of Washington at Pullman, Wash. 

James F. went to California, married there, and now lives in 
the town of Anderson, Cal., and has three children. 

14. La Fayette, born February 26, 1853, died April 22, 1853. 

15. Francis Marion, born December 17, 1854 ; unmarried, and 
lives in San Jose, Cal. 

Zela Conkling was a man of pronounced personality. He was 
independent in thought, original, versatile, firm, yet complaisant. 
While charitable he was acquisitive, and by industry and economy 
he acquired extensive land interests, and was prominently identi- 
fied with public enterprises of his day. In life he was exemplary ; 
as a judge of the court in his county he was just. He was a 
Methodist and constantly an official of the church. Politically, 
Thomas Jefferson was his model statesman. He lived a Christian 
and died in peace April 7, 1869. His tomb is in Mount Pleasant 
Cemetery, Grundy County, Mo. 

The Chapmans were Irish, though the name seems to be English. 
After the Revolution a heavy emigration commenced from the 
Emerald Isle to the United States, doubtless because of English 
oppression and the innate love of the Irish people for freedom. 
And they were welcome. They brought their national character- 
istics — "wit and love for a fight" — with them. And in all our 
wars the Irish soldiers have been the "bravest of the brave." 
Among the Irish immigrants just after the Revolution was John 
Chapman, the father of Sarah Conkling. He married and settled 
in Baltimore, subsequently moving to Hamilton County, Ohio, 
and from there to Missouri, where he died in 1840. His wife 
and son John returned to Hamilton County, Ohio, and died 
there. There were six children — three boys and three girls : 
Jackson, Joseph, John, Sarah (who married Zela Conkling), and 
two girls, each of whom married a "Simonton" and had children. 

Jackson Chapman owned a steamboat on the lower Missis- 
sippi when the Civil War came on; since then there has been 
no word from him. The three boys never married. 



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James Franklin Conkling and wife and son, 
of California, son of Zela Conkling. 



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87 




Francis Marion Conkling, of San Jose, Cal., 
son of Zela Conkling. 



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The Simonton families moved West from Ohio and settled in 
Illinois in an early day. 

The name "Lindsley" is English. Early in the seventeenth 
century the Lindsleys came from England and settled in the 
Colony of Connecticut. This was about the year 1645. The 
Lindsleys that came were John Lindsley and his sons, John and 
Francis. John (1) died at Guilford, Connecticut, in 1650. John 
(2) lived at Branford, Connecticut, and died there, leaving pos- 
terity. Francis migrated to Newark in 1667 with his family. 
He was one of the first settlers of Newark, and acquired ex- 
tensive tracts of land in the Province of "Jersey." He died 
there in 1704, at the age of 104 years. It is evident from the 
great age he attained that there was iron in his constitution ; 
and his religious convictions must have been of the Abrahamic 
order, judging from the history of his posterity in each gen- 
eration of the family from that day to this. The Lindsleys and 
allied families have become so numerous and have spread over 
the country to such an extent West and South that to trace 
the families would take volume after volume. The genealogy 
here given is the result of much hard work and extensive 
research. 

John Lindsley died at Guilford, Connecticut, 1650. He had 
children: John (2), who lived and died at Branford, Connecti- 
cut, leaving posterity there. 

FRANCIS, son of John (1), born 1600, married in England at 
forty years of age and migrated to America with his father and 
brother and settled in Connecticut. In 1667 he removed to 
Newark, where he died in 1704, at the age of 104 j^ears. Had 
children : 

(1) Deborah, born at Branford, Conn., 1656. 

(2) Ruth, born at Branford, Conn., 1658. 

(3) Ebenezer, born in 1665, died at Orange 1743, age seventy- 
nine years ; by will leaving his property to his wife Lienor 
and others, as follows : Aaron Ball, grandson and minor ; 
Matthias Mun, Ebenezer Mun, Rachel Mun and Mary Dod, 
grandchildren ; Samuel, his son, my cooper tool ; Jedebiah, his 
son, and Nathaniel, his son. 



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(4) John (3), born 1666 at Newark, died October 27, 1748. 
married Elizabeth (Freeman) Ford (widow of John Ford), 
who was born March 1681, in Axford, England, died April 21, 
1772, age ninety-one years, one month. 

(5) Benjamin, dwelt at Orange and died there 1749; by 
will gave property to his wife Dorcas and children — John, 
Sarah and Elizabeth. 

(6) Joseph, born 1675, and died at Whippany in 1753. 

(7) Jonathan, son of Francis, had children: Jonathan, Tim- 
othy, Joseph, Benjamin and Ebenezer. His widow Hannah 
Lindsley died November 30, 1789, age seventy-seven years. 

(8) Jonah, no record. 

It is claimed there were three other daughters, but there 
seems to be no record. 

JOHN (3), son of Francis and Elizabeth, his wife, had chil- 
dren : 

(1) John (4), born 1693-4, died March 9, 1750; married 

Sarah , born 1698, died January 3, 1750. Had children : 

Stephen, Junia, Caleb, John (5), Levi, Demas, Philip, Phebe 
and Hannah. 

(2) Daniel (1), son of John (3), born 1700, died August 
14, 1777 ; married, 1733, Grace, born 1708, died September 12, 
1777. Had children: (1) Moses, bom 1734, died May 7, 1793, 
married March 19, 1760, Irany Raynor, born, 1739, died May 
28, 1821. Had children: Eunice, Daniel (2), Zenas, Phebe, 
Elizabeth, Irany, Sarah, Matthew, William and Rhoda. 

(2) JOSEPH, son of Daniel (born 1735), "Major"; renewed 
covenant May 1, 1763; communicant, September 2, 1764; elder, 
July 81, 1777; died October 8, 1822, age eighty-seven years. 
He married first, 1762, Anne, who renewed covenant and be- 
came communicant with him ; died December 8, 1779, age thirty- 
seven. He married second, October 1, 1781, Mary Gardiner, 
who became communicant July 5, 1782, and died April 14, 1828, 
age seventy-nine years. Had children by wife Anne: 

(1) Bathiah, twin, born May 1, 1763, m-irried October 31, 
1780, Israel Lee. 



90 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

(2) Grace, twin, born May 1, 1763, married August 15, 1780, 
John Dickerson, moved to Indiana, died at Madison, May 14, 
1828. 

(3) Susannah, born October 14, 1764, married December 10, 
1782, William Marsh. 

(4) Squire, born April 3, 1768, no further record. 

(5) Jemina, born November 15, 1769, married February 11, 
1789, Abram Conkling (son of Stephen Conkling (1), the 
Rev. Timothy Johnes officiating; about the year 1804-'5 mi- 
grated to Ohio, and settled on Indian Hill, Columbia Township, 
Hamilton County. Abram Conkling died in 1817 and his wife 
in 1822 in Ohio. 

(6) Anna, no record. 

Had children by wife Mary Gardiner: 

(7) Phebe, born February 11, 1782, married September 8, 
1802, John Broad well, son of Nathaniel and brother of Ira 
Broadwell. 

(8) Joseph M., born August 13, 1783, married Phebe Dick- 
erson, August 15, 1822. 

(9) Ira, born April 21, 1785, married Rachel , com- 
municant 1808. 

(10) Matthew Gelston, born January 27, 1787, married Feb- 
ruary 10, 1810, Abigail Beers, daughter of Joseph Beers. 

(11) Mary, born February 20, 1789; no further record. 

(3) ZENAS, son of Daniel (1), born January 13, 1745; no 
further record. 

(4) ELIZABETH, daughter of Daniel (1), born April 19, 
1747, married December 6, 1769, David Raynor. 

(5) SUSANNA, daughter of Daniel (1), born July 30, 1749; 
no further record. 

Major Joseph Lindley, son of Daniel Lindley (1), died in 
Morristown, N. J., and was buried in the cemetery of the 
First Presbyterian Church. His headstone has the following 
inscription : 



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"J. L. 

In Memory of Maj. Joseph Lindsley 

Who Died Oct. 8th, 1822, 

In the 87th Year of His Age:' 

To the right of the Major's headstone is another with the 
following inscription : 

"J/. L. 

In Memory of Mary, 

Wife of Maj. Joseph Lindsley, 

Died April 4th, 1828, 
In the 19th Year of Her Age:' 

To the left of the Major's headstone is another, so crumbled 
with age that only a portion of the inscription is legible. On 
this headstone the numerals "i?'7'5" are somewhat distinct; also 
a few detached words of the original inscription. Evidently 
this headstone m^arks the resting place of the Major's first wife, 
"Anne," who died December 8, 1779, aged thirty-seven years. 



nn 



ROSCOE CONKLING. 

HE MOST prominent member of the Conkling family was 
■ Roscoe Conkling, of New York. His paternal lineage is 

as follows: 
1st. Ananias, the immigrant, 1635-37. 
2d. Jeremiah, his son. r 

3d. Lewis, son of Jeremiah. 
4th. Cineus, son of Lewis. 
5th. Benjamin, son of Cineus. 
6th. Alfred, son of Benjamin. 
7th. Roscoe, son of Alfred. 

The father of Roscoe Conkling was a lawyer of great ability, 
and a judge of distinction. He was anxious that his son, Roscoe, 
should have a collegiate education, but the boy was mercurial, 
and anxious to enter upon the activities of life, so that he only 
obtained an academic education. 

Judge Alfred Conkling married Miss Eliza Cockburn, May 5, 
1812. She was a beautiful and talented lady of the Mohawk 



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tgto 




Hon. Roscoe Conkling, 
U. S. Senator from New York. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMI]R1CA 93 

Valley, aud was known as the "Belle of the Mohawk." Roscoe 
Conkling was their fourth son. 

Roscoe Conkling, a native of New York, was born in Albany, 
N. Y., October 30, 1829. He chose the law as his profession, and 
studied in Utica. and was admitted to the bar in IS'O. Before 
attaining his majority he became noted as an orator, a talent 
which improved with age and practice. In politics he was an 
ardent Republican and early had political honors thrust upon 
him. His political career began at the time our country was 
distracted by the dissension as to slavery, which culminated in 
the Civil War. During that period he was in his country's 
service in the Congress, and, unfortunately for him aud the 
country, became entangled in the animosities then engendered. 
His services were of no ordinary nature. He was one of the 
most distinguished leaders of his party. Experience has endorsed 
the financial policy he advocated as wiser than the one actually 
pursued. In the main he sympathized with the unfortunate plan 
of reconstruction adopted, which was dictated too much by sec- 
tional animosity and too little by far-seeing statesmanship. Mr. 
Conkling believed that the framers of the Constitution meant 
the senators from the States to select suitable persons for Fed- 
eral offices in the States, and that the President should be a 
disinterested third person to decide in case these two could not 
agree ; that in this way it had been designed to prevent an 
ambitious President from continuing himself in office indefinitely 
by means of patronage. In his controversy with President Gar- 
field on this point, the act of a madman obscured the merits of 
the disputed question, placed him in an unpojular position, and 
caused his retirement from public life at an age when he might, 
from his experience, have been still more useful to his country. 
He then took up the practice of his profession, in which he was 
eminently successful. In oratory he ranked with Webster, Clay, 
Calhoun and Ingals. As an advocate he had few equals and 
perhaps not many superiors. He was a man of pronounced per- 
sonality and distinguished appearance. History has assigned him 
to rank with the great men of the American Republic. He died 
in New York city April IS, 1889. 



94 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

THE REVOLUTION. 

MANY Conklings and allied families took an active part in 
the War of the Revolution in behalf of their country. 
And in common with their countrymen they suffered 
much. But their sufferings and loss of property and being driven 
from their homes and imprisonment and even death did not deter 
one of them from his allignment to his country, or from making 
sacrifice after sacrifice for liberty and independence. They, in 
common with their countrymen, were of heroic mould. Our one 
hundred years of struggle with adverse condition had served to 
give them nerves of iron. Their constant conflict with the Indians 
was a providential education that prepared them for any event- 
uality. The Indian had impressed his methods upon the pale 
face until endurance, resourcefulness, self-dependence, strategem 
and alertness were characteristics of the soldiers of the Revolu- 
tion. These soldiery qualities added to their inherited English 
bravery, effectually prepared them to bid defiance to their oppres- 
sors. And they did. Nearly fifteen months before the Declaration 
of Independence the patriots of Suffolk county promulgated a 
ringing declaration, which was signed by 259 citizens and free- 
holders, 26 of whom were Conklings. 

This declaration so early in the struggle was an inspiration. 
It was published and circulated throughout the colonies, and its 
bold language created an enthusiasm for liberty and independ- 
ence which culminated in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, 
1776, in the greatest political document that ever eminated from 
the pen of man. The signers of this Long Island Declaration of 
Independence need no encomium. The Declaration itself immor- 
talizes them. Considering the time of its promulgation and the 
world-like power of the great nation against which it was directed, 
and the sad fate of the fearless band of patriots who signed it — 
the issuance of this document makes an epoch for daring unpre- 
cedented in history. Immediately after the capture of New York 
by the British, all of Long Island was overrun by the invaders, 
and no mercy was shown by the victorious foe. Sequestration, 
confiscation, imprisonment, and death — or flee for your life. The 
latter alternative was the usual one taken. The foe, flushed with 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 95 

victory, did not hesitate to harass and oppress these patriots of 
Suffolk county — even the women were subjected to insult and 
banishment. 

The names of more than one hundred Conkling.^ appear on the 
muster-rolls of the State of New York for the Revolutionary 
period. Also, many from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New 
Jersey. And they w^ere not all privates, but ranked from colonel 
down. Evidently the Conklings have a creditable record for 
Revolutionary^ service. The following is the Long Island Declara- 
tion alluded to above : 

County of Suffolk, April 29, 1775. 

General Association, agreed to, and subscribed hij the Free- 
holders and Inhabitants of the County of Suffolk: Pursuaded 
that the Salvation of the Rights and Liberties of America depends, 
under God, on the firm union of its Inhabitants; in a vigorous 
Prosecution of the measures necessary for its Safety; and con- 
vinced of the necessitjf of preventing the anarchy and Confusion 
irhith attend a Diasol.jiion of the Powers of Government ; We, the 
Freeholders and liiliabitants of the County of Suffolk, being 
greatly alarnad at the avoivea Design of the ministry to raise a 
Revenue in America; and shocked by the bloody Scenes noiv acting 
in the Massachusetts Bay, Do, in the most solemn Manner, resolve 
never to become Slaves; and do associate under all the Ties of 
Religion, Honor and love to our Country, to adopt and endeavor 
to carry into Execution ivhatever Measures may be recommended 
by the Continental Congress, or resolved upon by our Provincial 
Convention, for the Purpose of preserving our Constitution, and 
opposing the Execution of the several arbitrary and oppressive 
acts of the British Parliament ; until a Reconciliation between 
Great Britain and America on Constitutional Principles {ivhich 
ice most ardently Desire) can be obtained; and that we will in 
all Things folloiv the Advice of our own Committee respecting the 
Purpose aforesaid, the Preservation of Peace and good Order and 
the Safety of Individuals and private Property. 

Signed, 
John Chatfield, Burnet Miller, 

Abraham Gardiner, David Mulford, 



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Thomas Wickham, 
Stephen Hedges, 
John Gardiner, 
Samuel Buel, 
John Hudson, 
Nathaniel Hunting, 
Eleazar Miller, 
Jeremiah Dayton, 
Thomas Dibble, 
Noah Barnes, 
Samuel Hunt, 
Selah Pike, 
Elias Conkling, 
Abraham Mulford, 
Jeremiah Conkling, 
John How, 
Samuel Parsons, 
Benjamin Stratton, 
David Osborne, 
Elisha Mulford, 
David Hand, 
David Mulford. 
Matthew Mulford, 
John Miller, 
John Dayton, 
Joseph Osborne, Jr., 
Ebenezer Conkling. 
Henry Chatfield, 
John Miller, Jr., 
Abraham Barnes, 
Patrick Goold, 
David Talmadge, 
Seth Barnes, 
Jason Miller, 
Simon Miller, 
William Mulford, 
Jeremiah Sherril, 
Gurdon Miller, 



Aaron Isaacs, Jr., 
Elisha Jones, 
Lewis Chatfield, 
Enos Talmadge, 
Thomas Jones, 
Huntling Miller, 
Samuel Stratton, 
Abraham Sherril, 
Cornelius Payne, 
David Fithian. 
Samuel Conkling, 
Tliomas Baker, 
Isaac Van Scoy, 
Isaac Van Scoy, Jr., 
Nathaniel Hand. 
Matthew Barnes, 
Philetus Osborne, 
Merry Parsons, 
William Parsons, 
Henry Downing, 
John Parsons, 
Jonathan Osborne, 
Joseph Osborne, 
Jeremiah Conkling, 
Samuel Conkling, 
John Mulford, 
Jonathan Tuthill, 
Jesse Dayton, 
Jacob Dayton. 
Jeremiah Parsons, 
Mulford Conkling. 
Matthew Stratton, 
Joseph Miller, 
Abraham Edwards, 
Samuel Parsons, 
Samuel Sherril, Jr., 
Eleazer Hedges, 
Abraham Mulford, Jr. 



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David Loper, 
Nathaniel Downing, 
Isaac Pain, 
Benjamin Parsons, 
Elnatlian Parsons, 
Cornelius Bassett, 
David Miller, 
Peleg Miller, 
Elislia Miller, 
Daniel King, 
David Edwards, 
Nathan Miller. 
Stephen Burnet, 
James Field, 
Samuel Mulford, 
Benjamin Conkling, 
Gamaliel Bennett, 
Seth Parsons, 
Richard King, 
Mulford Conkling, 
William Bassett, 
Ezekiel Miller, 
John Huntling, 
Abraham Quaw, 
David Loper, 
John King, 
Ichabod Rayner, 
Smith Osborne, 
Abraham Miller, 
Jonathan Miller, 
Samuel Mulford, 
Ezekiel Jones, 
Ezekiel Jones, Jr., 
Nathan Conkling, 
Daniel Loper, 
Jacob Sherril, 
Samuel Baker, 
Micah Hart, 



Benjamin Leek, 
Abraham Hedges, 
Jacob Osborne, 
Jonathan Schillinger, 
Thomas Edwards, 
David Baker, 
Sineus Conkling, 
Lemuel Mulford, 
Jeremiah Gardiner, 
Aaron Isaacs, 
Daniel Conkling. 
Elisha Da vies, 
John Davis, 
Jacob Wickham, 
William Conkling, 
Nathan Conkling, 
John F. Chatelain, 
Thomas Hedges, 
John Parsons, 3d, 
William Huntling, 
John Mulford, 
Jeremiah Bennet, 
Recompense Sherril, 
John Stratton, 
Stephen Hand, 
John Dayton, 
Daniel Hedges, 
Jonathan Barnby, 
William Conkling, Jr. 
David Dayton, 
David Miller, 
Henry Hopping, 
John Strong, 
Nathaniel Talmadge, 
Jeremiah Miller, Jr., 
Abraham Dimon, 
Isaac Dimon, 
Cornelius Osborn, 



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William Hedges, 
Elislia Talmadge, 
George Gladden, 
Abraham Hand, 
Stephen Stratton, 
Thomas Osborne, 
Jeremiah Osborne, Jr., 
Jonathan Mulford, 
Isaac M. Himtling, 
James Hand, 
Jeremiah Talmadge, 
Jeremiah Miller, 
George Strong, 
Lewis Osborne, 
Joseph Osborne, 
William Hedges, Jr., 
Recompense Sherril, 
David Edwards, 
Ezekiel Mulford, 
Jacob Conkling, 
Jacob Conkling, Jr., 
Christ Dibble, 
Samuel Dibble, 
Samuel Gardiner, 
David Leek, 
Abraham Leek, 
Samuel Dayton, 
Uriah Miller, 
Nathan Miller, 
Abraham Schellinger, 
Jeremiah Conkimg, 
Nathaniel Baker, 
Zebulon Conkling, 
Isaac Conkling, 
Thomas Edwards, Jr. 
Elias Mulford, 
Edward Conkling, 
Jedediah Conkling, 



Joseph Hicks, 
Zacheriah Hicks, 
Jeremiah Dayton, 
Daniel Baker, 
Isaac Schellinger, 
Abraham Baker, 
Nathan Mulford, 
Jacob Hedges, 
Jeremiah Barnes, 
John Gardiner, Jr., 
Aaron Fithian, 
David Talmadge, Jr., 
Jeremiah Sherril, 
Nathan Conkling, 3d, 
Jeremiah Loper, 
David Edwards, Jr., 
Edward Bennett, 
Ludlam Parsons, 
John Parsons, 
Josiah Mulford, 
Elisha Mulford, Jr., 
Stephen Russell, 
Jeremiah Hedges, 
Thomas Talmadge, 
Jeremiah Osborne, 
John Hedges, 
Samuel Hutchinson, 
Jacob Miller, 
Henry Miller, 
Ezekiel Hand, 
Abraham Conkling, 
Elisha Conkling, 
Elisha Osborne, 
Mathew Osborne, 
Jedediah Osborne, 
Jacob Osborne, 
Benjamin Hopping, 
Jonathan Squier, 



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Jeremiah Hand, Benjamin Eyres, 

John Talmadge, Benjamin Hedges, 

Abraliam Osborne, John Parsons, 4th, 

Henry Hopping, Nathaniel Doming, 

Elias Hand, Edward Wick, 

Henry Dayton, Jeremiah Terry, 

Zebedee Osborne, William Barnes, 

John Parsons, Ananias Miller, 

John Stratton, Thomas Files, 

Stephen Cooper, Jr., John Hoop. 

These may certify that every male in the town of East 
Hampton have signed the above Association that are capable 
of bearing arms. 
By Order of the Comm^ittee. 

John Chatfield, 

Chairman. 

While the patriots of Long Island were active in their pro- 
tests against the encroachments of the British Ministry as to 
commei5:-ial relations with the Colonies, others in the different 
Provinces were active also. Massachusetts had already meas- 
ured arms With the foe and contributed her share to the en- 
thusiasm of resistance by heroism on the fields of Lexington and 
Concord. North Carolina had promulgated a "Declaration of 
Independence'* at Mecklenburg that had all the defiant ring that 
a blooded Highland Scot could give. Virginia had sounded a 
note in her House of Burgess that swept through the Colonies 
like a prairie fire, and "Give me liberty or give me death" became 
a pean of victory. Maryland was mustering her yeomanry as 
though she felt an embryonic-impulsive throb to be the "Battle 
Queen" for human rights. South Carolina, led by her Rutledge, 
her Pinckneys and her Marions, was insistent and determined to 
be free. New Jersey was not silent. Essex County took the lead 
and held the first meeting to protest against the tyranny of 
George the Third. This meeting was held on the 11th day of 
June, 1774. Resolutions were adopted requesting each county 
to send representation to a State Convention, there to elect 



100 THE C0NKLING8 IN AMERICA 

delegates to a Congress — which met at Philadelphia on Septem- 
ber — , 1774. Morris County was ready for action, and on June 
27th of the same year nine leading citizens were selected as 
delegates to the first Continental Congress, as follows: Jacob 
Ford, Sr., William Winds, Abraham Ogden, William De Hart, 
Samuel Tuthill, Jonathan Stiles, John Carle, Philip Y. Cortland 
and Samuel Ogden. On July 21, 1774, the county committees 
met and elected five delegates to the first American Congress, 
which met and was presided over by Peyton Randolph, of Vir- 
ginia. Patrick Henry, John Adams and George Washington were 
delegates in this Congress. This Congress made provision for a 
second one to be held in 1775. The proceedings of these and 
subsequent Congresses were gravely considered and ardently ap- 
proved by the citizens of Morris County. These principal events 
are alluded to in order to show how the spirit of patriotism 
permeated the entire population. The counties and State promptly 
provided for defense and against invasion. In order to a proper 
understanding of the situation in New Jersey and generally 
throughout the Colonies, it is well to remember that a general 
•depression existed. The oppressive acts of the British Ministry 
were blighting to the hopes of commercial men. Stagnation in 
business paralyzed the energies of every one, so that agriculture 
was no longer remunerative. Manufacturing, except of the coarser 
kind of articles, was prohibited. Merchandise must be bought 
from England at English prices and delivered by English ships. 
All this — that the opulent tradesmen of England might thrive 
j-egardless of the American consumer's welfare. 

It appears strange to the political economist that an intelligent 
Ministry would submit to be dominated by the selfishness of 
trade. But this is the history of the world. "Man's inhumanity 
to man" speaks of Mammon, "who was the least erect of all the 
fiends that fell." But Providence overiniles the evil that men 
may do and makes the wrath of man to praise him. It took 
bitter acts of oppression on the part of England to arouse the 
Colonies to acts of resistance and to unite them in sufficient num- 
bers to insure successful resistance to oppression. The financial 
obligations assumed by the Colonies for their defense and for 



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the prosecution of the war was a valuable asset to them. They 
were taking "stock" in human rights. They proposed that hence- 
forth Freedom should not be an oiiihan. A noted patriot of the 
time had declared that "Freedom had been hunted round the 
globe ; Asia had long expelled her, Europe regarded her as a 
stranger, and England had given her warning to depart." And 
they enthusiastically placed upon the altar of their country their 
fortunes, their sacred honor and their lives. Heaven smiles when 
man resists oppression. It is not enough, at all times, in order 
that man may be moved to action in defense of his rights that 
only a sense of right and justice be implanted within him. 

The property instinct is innate and powerful for good or evil, 
as it may be directed by an intelligent will. So these devoted 
patriots were willing to and did pledge their earthly inheritance 
and last dollar for the prosecution and completion of the struggle 
which English greed had precipitated. In all the stirring events 
of Morristown and vicinity, alluded to above, the Conklings ah'd 
Lindleys and allied families were active participants. By act of 
the Provincial Congress of June 3, 1775, two regiments were 
ordered to be raised and provided for, and to be designated as 
the "Eastern" and "Western" Battalions. Jacob Ford, Jr., of 
Morristown, was appointed colonel of the "Eastern Battalion;" 
The following officers served in the organization during its con- 
tinuance : Lieutenant-Colonel Eleazer Lindley ; Benoni Hath- 
away, Captain and Lieutenant-Colonel ; Richard Johnson, Major; 
Henry Axtell, Major ; Joseph Lindley, Major ; John Doughty, Ad- 
jutant ; Frederick King, Quartermaster, and Timothy Johnes, 
Surgeon. By act of the Provincial Congress of August 16, 1775, 
companies of "minute men" were authorized, of which Morris 
County was to have six companies. They were to furnish them- 
selves and be ready on short notice to march wherever their ser- 
vices were needed. These six companies were prom,ptly raised 
in Morris County. Among the officers appointed to command these 
soldiers when called into service was Major Joseph Lindley. The 
commanding officer in the field was Colonel William Winds. 

Early in the war it was evident that gun powder would have 
to be supplied by home production. Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr., 



102 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

and his father proceeded to supply this means of soldierly effi- 
ciency by erecting a powder mill on the Whippany River, near 
Morristown. Major Joseph Lindley was architect and superin- 
tendent in the erection of this powder mill. The mill was located 
in a dense wood of brush and trees, so as to render it secure 
from enemies' eyes. Here saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal were 
chemically combined into a product, by the use of which the 
riflemen of the American Army became invincible. The authori- 
ties, learning of the successful manufacture of powder at this 
mill, loaned Colonel Ford £2.000 to increase and continue the 
output of the mill, and 2,000 pounds of powder per month was 
delivered till the debt was liquidated. Because of the importance 
of this powder mill, Morristown was amply protected during the 
entire period of the Revolution. A fort was built on adjacent 
hills and soldiers were constantly near for protection. As an 
illustration of this momentous period the following extract from 
Mr. Sherman's "Historic Morristown" is given: 

"Near the Ford powder mill, and standing on the left of the 
road leading from Morristown to what in Revolutionary times 
was still known as the Whippanong, was the Major Joseph Lind- 
ley house. A large old-fashioned oven was attached to this house, 
in which the women of the family were accustomed to baking 
generous quantities of bread for the American soldiers stationed 
during the Revolution as guards about the Ford mansion, then 
the headquarters of Washington. The men of the household, at 
the period to which we are about to allude, were all absent in 
the army. Fears of a raid by the British were constantly enter- 
tained, not only by the women of the Lindley household, but by 
the men employed in the powder mill nearby. Hearing one night 
the tramp of horses, the women were startled on looking out 
at the sight of a company of horsemen in full uniform near the 
house. The women were greatly relieved in mind when they 
ascertained that the soldiers were in search of the powder mill, 
and that they had been sent by Washington to guard the mill 
and house from an anticipated British raid. After some urging, 
one of the patriotic women consented to guide the horsemen to 
the powder mill, and, on foot and going ahead of them, she led 



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the way through the dense thicket to the mill by the river. 
These horsemen, as was soon ascertained, were a portion of the 
"Arnold Light Horse Troop," which were then acting as a body 
guard to Washington." 

After the defeat of the American Army on Long Island and 
its retreat through New Jersey, General Leslie w^as sent by the 
British to destroy the powder mill at Morristown. Colonel Ford, 
in command of the Eastern Battalion, learning of the approach 
of the enemy, marched forth to give them battle. He met General 
Leslie at Springfield on December 14, 1776, and an engagement 
took place, which was decidedly in favor of the Americans — so 
m.uch so that the British general very wisely decided not to 
attempt any further test of the qualities of Morristown gun 
powder. 

Some one has said that "when the French Government heard 
of the battle of Springfield, fought, as it was by militia alone, 
they made up their minds to assist our struggling forefathers. 
I mention this to you as important historically, and also as a 
tribute to the patriotism of the Morris County men, who were 
mainly the force employed on that occasion. There is another 
important fact : The French Government supposed the War 
of the Revolution had been gotten up by selfish, designing men, 
and that they hired the soldiers who fought the battles. But 
when they saw the earnestness of the farmers and country people 
of our county and State, they made up their minds that it would 
be a long, earnest and truly patriotic fight, and they resolved to 
help." Colonel Ford performed valuable service for his country, 
not the least of which was his harrassing and threatening of the 
Britsh fiank in their pursuit of Washington's disheartened army 
through Jersey. On December 17, 1776, three small regiments of 
"Continentals" arrived at Morristown, evidently to assist in the 
protection of the powder mill. On December 22d Colonel Ford 
returned to Morristown with his battalion, and soon after he was 
suddenly stricken with pneumonia, and on the 10th of January, 
1777, he died. This gallant officer and patriot was born on the 
19th of Febiniary, 1738. He married Theodocia Johnes, daughter 
of Rev. Timothy Johnes, on the 27th of January, 1762. Five 



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children were born to them : Timothy, Gabriel H., Elizabeth, 
Jacob and Phebe. Mention is made of Colonel Ford and his bat- 
talion because in this force there were Conkliugs and members 
of many allied families. 

On January 19, 1777, Colonel Jacob Ford, Sr., died. He was 
the father of Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr. He had taken a very active 
part in the important events leading up to active hostilities, and 
gave liberally of his means to advance the cause of liberty. But 
his ardent efforts w^ere too much for one of his age, and pros- 
tration came with fever and he passed away at the age of seventy- 
three. Father and son lie side by side in the older portion of 
the cemetery of First Prebyterian Church of Morristown. On 
January 6, 1777, Washington arrived in Morristown with his 
army, fresh from the victorious fields of Trenton and Prince- 
ton. The evening before the battle of Princeton Lord Erskine 
advised Cornwallis to attack and destroy Washington while 
he had him in his power. The British general, confident Wash- 
ington could not escape, replied that he would catch the "fox" 
in the morning. At sunrise the next morning the booming of 
cannon at Princeton was heard, and Erskine told Cornwallis 
his "fox" had gotten away. After the battle of Princeton Wash- 
ington, without undue haste, retired to the heights of Morris- 
town. Winter had set in with severity, and his soldiers were 
poorly clad, many were without shoes, and marched with their 
feet wrapped up with any kind of rags they could get, and 
over the frozen ground or through the snow, and without suffi- 
cient food. Circumstances were such that some one has said 
that had the enemy known the condition of the army, "five 
hundred men" could have captured the entire patriot army. 

Cornwallis doubtless did know the condition of Washington's 
soldiers, but he knew also the kind of stuff there was in these 
ragged soldiers, having tasted their markmanship and prowess 
on more than one occasion. Washington made personal inspec- 
tion of his Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments, and 
had everything done that was possible to be done to supply the 
army with food and clothing. Benjamin Lindley, a prominent 
citizen and a man of means and extensive acquaintance, was 



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appointed Quartermaster. Stephen Conkling was detailed to 
aid in supplying footwear for the army. Colonel Benoni Hath- 
away was placed in charge of powder supplies. Doubtless this 
period of the war was the most gloomy of the entire seven years' 
conflict. Smallpox broke out in Morristown and spread among 
the soldiers. The Presbyterian and Baptist church were turned 
into hospitals, as well as the courthouse and also some private 
houses. Washington became dangerously sick, and his wife was 
sent for in haste, and through her skilful nursing he was re- 
stored to health. While the General was sick and speechless 
he was asked whom he would wish to succeed him in case of 
his demise, and, unable to speak, he pointed to General Nathaniel 
Green, who was in the room. The General's ailment was a 
severe cold, which located in his throat, and from which he 
seems never to have fully recovered. 

In April, 1777, at Washington's suggestion. Colonel Dan Mor- 
gan organized his regiment of Virginia Riflemen, which was a 
picked body of frontiersmen, and each one a marksman. Wash- 
ington's early experience taught him the value of such a corps. 
This select bod-y was drilled and finely equipped and sent to 
assist in repelling General Burgoyne, who, with a force of 10,000 
British and Indians, were invading New York by way of Lake 
George. Dan Morgan was a Virginian, a frontiersman, and an 
Indian fighter, and was, as Washington knew, among the "bravest 
of the brave." Much is due him for the result at Saratoga 
and the surrender of Burgoyne. 

At the second battle of Stillwater, Morgan called the atten- 
tion of a number of his riflemen to an exceedingly gallant oflicer 
opposing them, who continued to rally his men again and again, 
and led them to the charge, and said : "Do you see that gallant 
oflicer? That is General Frazier, and I love and honor him, 
but it is necessary that he should die." This was enough. Frazier 
fell, the British gave way, and the day was won. The powder 
that Morgan used was from the Ford powder mill at Morristown. 

In May, 1777, Washington left Morristown for an active cam- 
paign. In the main the campaign was favorable to the Ameri- 
cans. The winters of '77-'78 and '78-'79 were spent at Valley 



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Forge. Ill February, 1778, France became our ally. This — largely 
as a result of the capture of Burgoyne. 

The arrival of the French fleet on the American coast caused 
General Clinton to evacuate Philadelphia. Washington pursued, 
and a battle occurred at Monmouth, in which the British were 
defeated. The Conklings, Lindleys and allied families were 
represented in this battle. Colonel Eliezer Lindley was in com- 
mand of the "Eastern Battalion of Morris County," and was on 
the "firing line" on this hot Sunday, the 28th of June, 1778. 
About the 1st of December, 1779, Washington, for the second 
time, established winter quarters at Morristown. Mrs. Wash- 
ington spent the winter with him. His headquarters were at 
the Ford mansion, at this time occupied by the widow of Colonel 
Jacob Ford, Jr. Some noted soldiers from Europe served in 
the American Army, namely: Baron Steuben, Drillmaster of 
the Army; Thaddeus Kosciusko, who came in 1777, and brought 
a letter from Benjamin Franklin to Washington, and when 
presented, Washington said: "What do you seek here?" "To 
fight for American independence." "What can you do?" "Try 
me." This simplicity won. He was appointed aide-de-camp to 
the American Commander, and proved to be the most efficient 
of the Army Engineers. Baron De Kalb came in 1777. He had 
served fifty years as a soldier in the Prussian Army. General 
Francis Marion declared he was the most remarkable man he 
ever met. He was major-general in the American Army, and 
gave his life for our liberty — on the field of "Camden." Count 
Pulaski, the Pole, came in 1777, and fell at the siege of Savan- 
nah. No more gallant soldier ever fell in battle. 

Marquis De La Fayette landed at Georgetown, S. C, in the 
winter of '76-'77 with some twenty-one others who might be 
called "soldiers of fortune." But they seemed to have a fixed 
determination to fight for Liberty, and they did. All honor to 
these noble heroes who saw the justice of our cause and offered 
their lives as a sacrifice on the altar of American Liberty. 
Le Fayette was perhaps the most popular foreigner that fought 
for American Liberty. He was called the "Friend of Wash- 
ington." When La Fayette presented himself to Silas Dean, 



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the American representative in Paris, and offered his services 
he was told that "means" were not available to pay his way 
to America. He then declared he was more determined that 
ever to aid the "infant Republic." So he fitted out a ship at 
his own expense and sailed for Anierica to crusade for Freedom. 
He fought throughout the war. He was severely wounded in 
the knee at "Brandywyne." The wound was slow to heal, and 
he was taken to a secluded place and tenderly nursed by some 
Moravian missionaries until he was able to take the field again. 
On his visit to this country in 1824, and w^hen he was in Phila- 
delphia, he inquired if any of the dear ladies who nursed him 
so tenderly were living. He was told there was only one, and 
that she was very poor and kept a fruit stand in the city. He 
sent for her and wept with her and she with him. He showed 
her the wounded knee, and she said : "Ah, General, we were 
fearful you would never get well, but God spared you for His 
Son's sake." On separating the general gave her one hundred 
dollars, and, with tears streaming from both of their eyes, they 
bid each other farewell. 

La Fayette made quite an extensive tour of this country in 
1824, and among the cities he visited was Cincinnati, Ohio, 
many officers and soldiers of the Revolution having settled in 
and near to the above city. A cordial reception was given the 
general, vast crowds greeted him and took him by the hand. 
Among the crowd was an old darkie, who had served at Wash- 
ington's headquarters while La Fayette was a member of the 
official family of Washington. This old-time darkie placed him- 
self in line and, meeting the general, there was instant recog- 
nition. The forward movement of the line was blocked for 
some minutes, and there was much amusement at the elation 
of each one over the meeting; they shook hands and laughed, 
and laughed and shook hands, and patted each other on the 
shoulder with great enthusiasm; bidding each other good-by, 
the line moved on, but the old darkie was not satisfied, so he 
got in line again and gave the general another hearty shake 
of the hand, and then, amid cheer after cheer, the old gray- 
headed hero of Washington's breakfast table appeared in line 



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again and passed along and took the general's hand for the 
third time. The general was much amused, and gave his old 
colored friend his parting blessing amid the delight of thousands. 

Congress voted La Fayette a township of land for his services 
to America, and after his tour was ended sent him home in the 
good American ship "Brandywyne." 

Washington's judgment of men was next to infallible. Not 
having a scholastic or military training himself, except in the 
school of experience, he sought and obtained the most accom- 
plished scholars in America and in Europe for his confidential 
advisers. ^ 

The condition of the army during its second encampment at 
Morristown as to subsistence was not different from what it 
was in the early part of 1777. Perhaps they were more hardened 
and better able to endure the pangs of hunger, not only because 
they were seasoned soldiers, but because they now were more 
certain of achieving independence. France was their ally, and 
practically all continental countries of Europe were in sym- 
pathy with the struggling Colonies of North America. They 
had tested the valor of the English on many battlefields, and 
they felt themselves able to cope with the haughty Briton wher- 
ever found. This confidence of the army was a valuable asset. 
And then the Continental Congress had declared for valuable 
land grants to all soldiers at the end of the war. So the second 
encampment at Morristown was characterized by some festivity, 
as historians relate. Some very noted weddings were the result 
of the social activities of this second encampment. Colonel Alex- 
ander Hamilton, Washington's Chief of Staff, became acquainted 
with, courted and afterward married Miss Elizabeth Schuyler, 
daughter of General Philip Schuyler and niece of Mrs. Dr. John 
Cochran, whose husband was Surgeon-General of the Army. 

Washington with his army left Morristown in the early part 
of June, 1780, for West Point. By the time he was well on 
his way, 5,000 British soldiers, under the famous General Knyp- 
hausen, attempted, on June 5th, to reach Morristown. General 
Maxwell and Colonel Dayton, with an American force composed 
largely of New Jersey troops, met them at "Connecticut Farms," 




Ira B. Conkling, of Washington, D. C, 
son of Judge Zela Conkling, of Missouri. 



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but were forced back to Springfield, where, on June 23d, a 
second battle was fought, resulting in the hasty retreat of the 
British. Colonel Benoni Hathaway, of Morristown, was severely 
wounded in the neck in the engagement at "Connecticut Farms," 
but continued with his command and went into the battle of 
Springfield and displayed great bravery. 

Colonel Dayton, mentioned above, commanded the New Jersey 
Brigade. This was the last attempt of the British to obtain 
the coveted prize of Morristown, and it has been a lasting 
theme of triumph to the people of Morris County that no invad- 
ing foe has ever been able to set foot on their hills. The last 
battle in which New Jersey troops participated was Yorktow^n. 
Colonel Elias Dayton, in command of the New Jersey Brigade 
of three regiments, took part in the labor of the siege, and was 
present at the surrender of the humiliated Britons, where Corn- 
wallis, too proud to appear in person, sent his sword by General 
O'Hara, which was received by General Lincoln. 

According to "Official Records" of the Revolutionary War, 
published by "Authority of the Legislature" of the State of 
New Jersey, and as shown by the records in the Adjutant Gen- 
eral's office, the following names of Conklings appear as having 
served in the different establishments of the State or in the 
"Line" : 

Elias Conkling, Henry Conkling, 

Isaac Conkling. John Conkling, 

John Conkling, Joseph Conkling, 

Jonathan Conkling, Joshua Conkling, 

Joseph Conkling, Josiah Conkling, 

Seth Conkling, Nicholas Conkling, 

Benjamin Conkling, William Conkling, 

Daniel Conkling, Stephen Conkling. 

It is difficult to identify the particular family to which each 
of these may have belonged. Stephen Conkling was a son of 
William, of East Hampton. William, Isaac and John were sons 
of Stephen Conkling. As this record agrees with that kept by 



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the descendants of Stephen Conkling, it is evidently correct. The 
others here given represent different brandies of the family. 

The following names of Lindsleys, or Lindleys, appear in pub- 
lished lists as having served in the Revolutionary War from the 
State of New Jersey: 

Moses Lindley, Joseph Lindley, Jr., 

James Lindley, Philip Lindley, 

Caleb Lindley, Samuel Lindley, 

David Lindley, Ziba Lindley, 

Alexander Lindley, Joseph Lindley, Major, 

Daniel Lindley, John Lindley, Lieut., 

Joseph Lindley, Benjamin Lindley, 
Ebenezer Lindley, Lieut. & Quar. M. 

Ephraim Lindley, Eleazer Lindley, 
John Lindley, Lieut.-Col. 

Daniel Lindley, Thomas Lindley, 
Jonathan Lindley, Asst. Commissary. 

All these were descendants of Francis Lindley, who emigrated 
from Connecticut to Newark, N. J., in 1667, and who died in 
New^ark at the age of 104 years. Some of these served in the 
State forces and others in the "Line." Some were killed in battle 
and many were wounded. There is no record of a single one 
ever having tried to avoid the "firing line." The children of the 
Lindley women were as well represented in the patriot army as 
were the Lindley men. 

HISTORICAL. 

IN GENEALOGICAL history extending through a period of 
more than a hundred years, evidently there would be many 
"allied families." And it is evident that in a new country 
where the trend of emigration has been to the West, the 
names of many families would be lost to the historian. Such 
a tendency has been intensified by the natural or ^ acquired 
Independence which asserts itself where surrounding conditions 
are favorable. New alliances, new^ environments and prosperity 
bring contentment and satisfaction. Not more than thirty per 



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cent of the population are members of the different churches, 
and perhaps not ten per cent of tlie churches keep a record of 
births, baptisms, marriages and deaths; so it occurs that in a 
few generations identification of families and tracing of lineage 
becomes largely an impossibility. It may be interesting to call 
attention to such as have been preserved ; as there is an increased 
desire to know more of the origin and history of families — caused, 
doubtless, by the research of patriotic societies. Nearly all of 
the pioneer families of Southold and East Hampton became re- 
lated by marriage in the course of years. The Conklings were 
an allied family of the Gardiners, Mulfords, Hortons, Tuthills, 
Mitters, Mores, Glovers, Hedges, Dimons, Barnes and many others. 
And in the course of more than one hundred years of East Long 
Island history, practically all of the early settlers became allied 
families of the Conklings. 

This relationship of the people of Suffolk County, doubtless, 
contributed much to the unanimity with which they allied them- 
selves with their country in the struggle for Independence. It is 
worthy of note that twenty-five Conklings signed the "Long Island 
Declaration of Independence" in 1775 — which is found elsewhere. 
When western barriers were removed by the acquisition of New 
York, the English-speaking population of New England pushed 
into New York and New Jersey. Among the emigrants were many 
families from East Hampton and Southold, L. I. To mention 
them by name would be like duplicating the population of East 
Long Island. Many of these families settled in Orange and ad- 
joining counties of New York. Others pushed on to New Jersey 
and settled along the Whippanong, now Whippany, and on Bask- 
ing Ridge, which is now principally Morris County. Among these 
early settlers were branches of such well known families as the 
Condicts, Beers, Lindleys, Piersons, Luttles, Kitchels, Fords, Mills, 
Coes, Ayers, Halseys, Hathaways, Conklings, Gardiners, Free- 
mans, Gildersleeves, Cooks, Whitakers, Millers, Runyans, Mul- 
fords, Connets, Aliens, Johnes, Sewards and many other families 
of prominence. In course of years these families became related ; 
and during the Revolution were influential and devotedly at- 
tached to the cause of liberty, and produced many gallant soldiers 



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who won distinction on the "firing line." Perhaps history does 
not record an instance in which a whole population were more 
united and determined in their purpose than were these Puritan 
and New England descendants in New Jersey. 

Here Washington's Army found a refuge during the winter of 
1777, and the people on "Morristown Heights" and adjacent terri- 
tory exhausted their efforts, and themselves suffered the pangs 
of hunger that the army under the beloved Washington might 
be kept in fighting trim. Near Morristown Colonel Jacob Ford, 
assisted by Major Joseph Lindley, erected the "Ford Powder 
Mill," which furnished a great portion of the powder used by 
Washington's Army. The powder used in the campaign against 
Burgoyne is said to have come from the "Ford Powder Mill." 
Dan Morgan's Virginia Riflemen is said to have used this pow- 
der at first and second "Stillwater," and very effectively, too. 
Major Joseph Lindley's family operated a bakery at Morristown 
and aided in supplying the army with bread during the above 
year. The Rev. Timothy Johnes was pastor of the First Pres- 
bjlerian Church of Morristown during the Revolution, and was 
an ardent patriot and friend of Washington. He was installed 
as pastor of this church on Febi-uary 9, 1743. He died September 
17, 1794, his pastorate lasting fifty-two years. Washington fre- 
quently attended his ministry, and on one occasion at least par- 
took of the sacrament. During the winter of 1777 the services 
were held in the open air back of the church on account of the 
church being in use as a hospital, largely for smallpox patients. 
Here Washington would sit in his camj) chair and listen to the 
Gospel proclaimed by Dr. Johnes. On one occasion a woman 
came in with a child in her arms, when the General quickly got 
up and gave her his chair. 

Some hundreds of soldiers and civilians died of smallpox during 
the winter and year of 1777, and the labors and ministry of Dr. 
Johnes was arduous in the extreme. And Washington in his 
distress was often at the mercy seat. The surgeon of the First 
Regiment of New Jersey, Dr. Timothy Johnes, Jr. (son of Rev. 
Timothy Johnes) was in charge of hospital service during the 
winters mentioned, and his labors were continuous and exhausting. 



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The services of Benjamin Lindley as Quartermaster for the Army 
while Washington was cantoned in New Jersey were fortunate 
and successful, and serves to emphasize Washington's judgment 
of men. Colonel Eleazer Lindley (brother of Benjamin and cousin 
of Major Joseph), of the First Regiment, New Jersey, was a 
fighter of the Cromwellian type, and a disciplinarian, and was 
always ready for the fray with plenty of dry powder. Stephen 
Conkling (son of William Conkling) while a member of the 
military force of the State was detailed by Washington to look 
after the footwear of the Army, and his shoe manufactory was a 
welcome adjunct to the comfort of the soldier. 

The Condicts, the Piersons, the Kitchelsr the Cooks, the Coes, 
the Halseys and many others were a tower of strength to uphold 
the patriot cause in its hour of gloom. Washington's sympathy 
for the private soldier during the terrible experience of this win- 
ter shows a tenderness which gives every patrotic heart a thrill 
of joy. When the rations of the private soldier were only a 
gill of wheat a day the General would go around through the 
camp and look into the tents so kindly, and say : "Men, can you 
stand itf" '*Yes, General, we can, and if you want us to fight, 
give us the word ; we are ready." Surely such a record is a 
priceless heritage. 

During this terrible winter Mrs. Washington was with the 
General and spent her time in knitting socks for the soldiers, 
as history states, and she was an expert along this line. The 
campaign of 1777 was a successful one, and witnessed the sur- 
render of Burgoyne at Saratoga. At Valley Forge, early in the 
winter of 1777-1778, Washington received the news of the sur- 
render of General Burgoyne. A horseman was seen riding hur- 
riedly towards the General's headquarter's, and, of course, officers 
and men were anxious to hear the news which it was supposed 
the herald had brought. The dispatch was quickly opened by 
Washington, but he maintained his usual composure, and at the 
same time hurriedly notified his principal officers to attend a 
conference at once. No time was lost in answering the summons. 
And in the meantime the entire camp was aroused and came 
near. Washington, with dignity, read the dispatch, which an- 



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noiinced the surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga ! Words 
cannot express or depict what there and then occurred. Battle- 
scarred soldiers wept for joy! They embraced each other again 
and again ! They shook hands with the General and shouted ! 
Chairs and tables were soon out of order I Washington admon- 
ished them, and insisted on proper decorum, and they hugged him! 
Hilarity reigned supreme ! The example was contagious ! Officers 
and soldiers in camp were wild with joy ! The women and chil- 
dren were quick to learn the cause of rejoicing and joined in 
the refrain with laughter and song ! For the moment all sorrow 
was forgotten. 

The capture of Burgpyne was an oasis in their desert of gloom, 
and enabled them to bear with a degree of patience th€ cold 
and cruel winter at Valley Forge. The suffering and privations 
of the Army at this winter camp were compensated for when in 
February of 1778 France acknowledged the independence of the 
American Colonies and entered into an alliance offensive and de- 
fensive with the infant Republic. It was now evident to all that 
a successful ending of the struggle was but a question of a few 
years, and this prospect gave them animation and additional 
courage. They felt that they were done retreating before an 
insolent foe. Clinton broke for the seaboard to seek the pro- 
tection of the English fleet. Washington was not asleep. Clinton 
was brought to bay at Monmouth and given a Sunday whipping 
and then cooped up for the balance of the war. He was not 
permitted even to go to the assistance of his beleaguered friend 
Coniwallis; so this proud general that refused to take Lord 
Arskine's advice the night before the battle of Princeton was 
himself captured by the "Fox." The surrender of Cornwallis 
was received with exultation and devout thankfulness. Even the 
colored people, slaves as they were, joined in the glad refrain. 
An old darkie in Virginia, hearing his master talking of the 
surrender of Cornwallis, said : "Massa, he no longer Cornwallis, 
he C'o&wallis; Washington shell all the com of 'en him." Peace 
was welcome. Hope brightened the future. The Republic ex- 
tended to the Mississippi. Land was plenty, and the soil was rich. 

Westward, Ho! 



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With Virginia's cession of the "Northwestern Territory" in the 
year 1SS7 there came a wonderful migration to tlie West. The 
hostility of the Indians in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for awhile 
retarded somewhat this westward trend. But the victories of 
General Wayne on the Maumee and of General Harrison at Tip- 
pecanoe over the Indians made the way clear and safe for emi- 
grants. Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and adjacent territory were 
soon settled. Many soldiers of the Revolution located in Ohio, 
influenced doubtless by the order of "Cincinnatus," which was a 
Revolutionary society, organized by officers, and much similar 
to the G. A. R. of to-day. This society located lands near Fort 
Washington, now Cincinnati. This society was so named from 
the Roman general, "Cincinnatus," who when he left the army 
returned to the plow. In this westward movement there were 
Conklings and allied families by the score. About the year 1804-'5 
Abram Conkling with his family removed from Morris County, 
N. J., to Hamilton County, Ohio. Others of the Conklings fol- 
lowed from time to time, and then the Tingleys, the Runyans, 
the Broadwells, the Connets, the Beers, with many others. Many 
descendants of these families yet live in Ohio, near or in Cin- 
cinnati. After the Louisiana purchase in 1804 the way was open 
for emigrants to go still farther west. Then by act of Congress 
in 1820-'3 the price of public land was reduced from $2.50 per 
acre to $1.25 per acre. This proved to be a very popular act 
of Congress. 

It increased the sale of public land by many millions of dol- 
lars; and the settlement of the great West went forward by 
leaps and bounds. This popular measure was the result of the 
genius and far-seeing statesmanship of President Monroe, Senator 
Thomas H. Benton and other statesmen of that day. Writers 
on political economy have almost overlooked this change in the 
policy of the Government in regard to the public lands. For 
a while the acquisition of public lands produced a stringency in 
the money market. Vast sums of money were invested in land 
by capitalists, and such investments were not immediately re- 
munerative, and so it occurred that many banks failed, and we 
had the "panic" of 1836-'7. Some claim that there were con- 



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tributory causes as to the '•'hard times" of this period. But the 
development of the West was so phenomenal that there came 
an epoch of prosperity unequaled in our countrj-'s history, and 
from the "panic" of 1837 forward to the Civil War period there 
occurred a greater increase in values than ever known before, 
and the increase of national wealth for this period has never 
been surpassed, if it has been equaled. During this period the 
price of hogs advanced from 50 and 75 cents per hundred to $2, 
and three-year-old steers from $9 to $18 and $20, horses and 
mules in like proportion. The cereals advanced about 50 per cent. 

For hundreds of years the cry had been for cheap lands and 
cheap food and cheap living, and now it had come to pass that 
a young m^an could go into the woods with his axe and make 
enough money in one winter to purchase forty acres of land, 
and thus it was that there was a home for the poor man as 
well as for the rich man, and the whole population felt the im- 
pulsive throb of new life. About the commencement of this 
period Zela Conkling left Ohio for Missouri. Others left Ohio 
for Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and States and Territories con- 
tiguous thereto. The one and all-pervading thought in every 
mind was to better their condition in life. And thus the great 
West was transformed from uninliabited stretches of land to 
sniiling landscapes, happy homes and fruitful fields. But the 
gireat West seemed ever to allure even as it did when the ad- 
venturous Englishmen first turned their faces westward to cross 
the Atlantic. The Mexican war resulted in the acquisition of 
an immense territory beyond the range of the Rockies — an empire 
In extent — extending to the Pacific. And in 1848 gold was dis- 
covered in California, and then an emigration to this Eldorado 
commenced, unequaled in the history of any country. And this 
mighty tidal wave of humanity carried with it Conklings and 
allied families, and to-day we find the Conkling tribe scattered 
along the Pacific coast from the Rio Colorado to Puget Sound. 

Samuel Tingley (a son of Eliza Conkling Tingley) lost his 
life in 1850-'l in his search for gold along the Sacramento Valley. 
In 1853-'5 Mr. Charles Prosch and his wife, Susan Conkling 
Prosch, left New York for the city of the Golden Gate. Mr. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 117 

Prosch was a printer, and after a few years' residence in San 
Francisco he moved to Washington, and after varied fortune 
he acquired a competency sufficient to retire from the active 
duties of life. They live in Seattle and are worthy and respected 
and a joy to their friends, aged ninety-two and eighty-eight. 
They had four children, only one of whom is now living, Mr. 
Thomas Wickham Prosch, who is a man of means and distinction 
in Seattle. He is the author of a very interesting book, "The 
Conkling-Prosch Family." This book is one of the best genea- 
logical works that have been published on the Conkling and allied 
families. Among the other members of the Conkling family that 
have made the States of the Pacific coast their home are : Thomas 
J. Conkling, at San Jose : James F. Conkling, at Anderson, Shasta 
County, Cal. ; James Grimes and wife, Maria Elizabeth Conkling 
Grilles, at Pullman, Wash., and family of seven children ; Rev. 
George H. Newton and wife, Margaret Jemima Conkling, with 
three children, Byron. Alice. Hulda and Bascom ; Samuel W. 
Price and wife, Willamina Conkling, with their children, Thomas 
Walter, Willie (Ewing), Anna, Dora (Anderson) and Samuel 
Martin, who live in Missouri ; Marvin Whitman Conkling and 
w^fe, Nettie (Hamilton) Conkling, and children, Julia and Joseph, 
at El Centro, Imperial County, Cal. ; Robert Anderson and wife, 
'Dora Conkling Anderson, and children, Sacramento, Cal. ;. Francis 
Marion Conkling, at San Jose, Cal. ; Miss Emma Anderson (daugh-, 
ter of John B. and Martlia (Wilson) Anderson), San Jose, Cal. 

Other descendants of the Conkling family that went west from 
the State of Ohio in the early part of the nineteenth century are 
in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevado, Colorado, Arizona, New 
Mexico, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, 
Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Min- 
nesota, and Missouri. The allied families of the Conklings in 
Missouri are : The Newtons, Minshells, Wilsons, Andersons, Dry- 
dens, Harvills, Prices, Browns, Grimes, Millers, Powers, Peerys, 
Gobens, Davis, Myers, Ewings, Thorps, Mclntyers, and some 
others. 

The following genealogical data is copied, verbatim, .from 



118 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

"Family Records or Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic 
Valley (and Vicinity) Above Chatham, by John Littell, 1852." 

WILLIAM CONKLING. 

WILLIAM CONKLING married Ruth Hodges, of Long Island, 
and removed from there to Basking Ridge, and had children: 

1. Stephen (1), who married Debora Dimon. 

2. William (2). 

3. Abraham. 

4. Isaac. 

5. Jacob. 

6. Thomas. 

7. Mary. 

8. Ruth. 

STEPHEN CONKLING (first son of William, 1st.) and Debo- 
rah Dimon had children : 

1. Climena, who married Josiah Ayers, son of Elisha Ayers, of 
Basking Ridge. 

2. William (3), who married Rebecca Whitaker, daughter of 
Jonathan, of Mine Brook. 

3. Stephen (2), married Rachel Lindley, daughter of Benjamin 
Lindley, Esq., east of Morristown. 

4. Ruth (3), married Stephen Whitaker, brother of Rebecca, 
of Mine Brook. (See Whitaker.) 

5. Mary (2), married John Runyan, son of Richard, of Long 
Hill, and went to Ohio. (See Runyan.) 

6. Isaac (2), married Comfort Pitney. 

7. John, married Phebe Mills. 

8. Abraham, married Jemima Lindley, daughter of Major Joseph 
Lindley, east of Morristown. 

9. Deborah, married John Seward, and went to Goshen, N. Y. 

CLIMENA CONKLING (first child of Stephen Conkling) and 
Josiah Ayers, had children: 

1. Stephen Ayers, the celebrated itinerant Dr. Ayers, so emi- 
nently successful in curing the cholera at Montreal, in 1832. He 
never married. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 119 

2. Deborah Ayers, who married Stephen Cave, shoe merchant, 
of New York. 

WILLIAM CONKLING (3) (second child of Stephen Conk- 
ling, 1st) and Rebecca Whitaker lived at Basking Ridge. He 
was a tanner and currier, and had a farm and a tan yard, and 
was a Justice of the Peace. He and his wife were members 
of the Presbyterian Church there. They had children: 

1. Phebe, born 29th September, 1779, and died aged six years. 

2. Stephen (3), born 3d February, 17S2, married January, 1807; 
first, Sally Coriell, daughter of Elias, of Long Hill. He married, 
second, Catherine Tailor, 15th August, 1809, daughter of Willet 
Tailor, of Raritan. 

3. Jonathan, born 2Sth October, 1783, married Apha Colie, 
daughter of Daniel, of Springfield. 

4. Mary, born 7th October, 1785, married 6th May, 1809, John 
Littell, son of Nathaniel, of New Providence. (See Nathaniel 
Littell.) 

5. William (4), born 23d August, 1787, married Ketura Green, 
and had no children. He married, second, Cornelia, w^idow of Elias 
Sturges and daughter of Thomas, near Liberty Corner. 

6. Joseph, born 2Sth November, 1789, married Sarah Hall, 
daughter of Richard. 

7. Isaac (3), born 24th January-, 1792, married Emily Halsey 
Fitch, daughter of Colonel Grant Fitch, of Newton, Sussex County. 

8. Nathaniel, born 5th March, 1794, married, in New York, 
James S. Rose, and has a son, James Augustus Rose, who married 
Caroline Drake, daughter of Ruben Drake, near Woodbridge, who 
lives in Amboy, is a Cutcher, and has children: (1) Mary Mar- 
garet Rose; (2) Annia Eliza Rose, born 17th November, 1847. 

William Conkling, Esq., died in a fit in his bark-house, 14th 
February, 1803. 

STEPHEN CONKLING (3), (second child of William Conk- 
ling (3), Esq.) lived where his father did, was a member and 
elder in the Presbyterian Church at Basking Ridge. He sub- 
sequently removed to Somerville, where he died 3d November, 1849. 
He and his wife Sallie Coriell had a daughter : 



120 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

1. Sarah, born IStli December, 1808, and married Thomas Lay- 
ton, had a son, Theodore Layton, and died 23d February, 1842. 

Stephen Conlvling (3), by his second wife, Catherine Tailor, 
had other children : 

2. Willet Tailor, born 6th October, 1810, who married Emeline 
Heath, 21st December 1836, daughter of Daniel Heath, and had 
children: (1) William Wilson; (2) Catherine Jane; (3) John 
Tailor; (4) Stephen. 

3. Jane, born IStli August, 1815, married John Littell at the 
south branch of the Raritan River, Somerset County, and had 
children: (1) Margaret Sydam Littell; (2) Catherine Eliza- 
beth Littell; (3) Mary Conkling Littell; (4) William, born 11th 
April, 1818, married Mary Toms, daughter of Charles Toms, Esq., 
of Somerville, and had children: (1) Harriet; (2) Albert. 

5. John Tailor, born 25th January, 1821, married Elizabeth Hig- 
gins, daughter of Elias Higgins, of Railway, and had children : 
(1) Nathaniel. 

6. Nathaniel, born 20th October, 1823. He graduated at Rut- 
ger's College, New Brunswick, and became a minister of the Dutch 
Reformed Church, and is preaching in Monmouth County. He 
n^arried 24th October, 1848, Elizabeth Woodruff, daughter of 
Archibald Woodruff, of Newark, and has children: (1) Catherine. 

7. Mary Elizabeth, born 13th August. 

JONATHAN CONKLING (third child of William Conkling, 3d) 
and Apha Colie, had an only child: 

1. Mary, born 9th February, 1803. 

He died September following. 

Mary married 31st December, 1848, John Faulks, of Elizabeth- 
town, who was an Englishman, who died 4th March, 1849. 

WILLIAM CONKLING (4), (fifth child of William Conkling, 
3d) and Cornelia Galtra, had children: 

1. William (5). 

2. Mary Elizabeth. 

3. James Alonzo. 

4. Stephen, who died 9th July, 1849. 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 121 

5. John Tittell. 

6. Sarah Agusta. 

js^oTE, — Mrs. Conkling by her first husband had one son, Elias 
Sturges. 

JOSEPH CONKLING (sixth child of William Conkling, 3d) 
and Viletta Hampton, lived several years in New York, and from 
thence removed to Woodbridge. He was an elder of the church 
there. They had children, besides two who died young: 

1. Eliza Hampton, born 3d August, . 

2. Joseph W., born 29th July, . 

3. Margaret Anne, born 17th November, . 

4. Nathaniel, born 19th September, 1832. 

ISAAC CONKLING (3), (seventh child of William, 1st), lived 
at Basking Ridge, was a shoe manufacturer and farmer. He and 
Sarah Hall had children : 

1. Elisha Whitaker, born 2d August, 1819, and married 27th 
March, 1843, Margaret Hibler, born 8th February 1824, daughter 
of Jacob Hibler, of Danville. Pa. He was a graduate of Prince- 
ton College; is now a bookseller in Danville. 

2. Mary Elizabeth. 

3. Emily Halsey, who died at about sixteen years. 

NATHANIEL CONKLING (eighth child of William, 1st), grad- 
uated at Princeton College, and studied theology at the Prince- 
ton Seminary. Became a minister of the Gospel, preached some 
years in Sussex County ; from there removed to Coshocton, Ohio, 
preached there; there his wife died, and he removed to Coving- 
ton, Ind. ; after preaching there several years he returned with 
his children to New Jersey. He and his wife, Emily H. Fitch, 
had children: 

1. Emily Halsey, born 30th July, . 

2. Charles Fitch, born 9th August, . 

3. Mary Littell, born 12th January, 1831, married 12th Feb- 
ruary, 1850, Captain Robert Evans, a member of the bar, son of 
Thomas J. Evans, of Covington, Ind., and resided there. 

4. Millicent Rebecca, born 2d May, . 

5. Nathaniel Whitaker, born 21st December, 1835. 



122 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

STEPHEN CONKLING (2), (third child of Stephen Conkling 
(1), son of William), and Rachel Lindley, had children: 

1. Sally, who married the Rev. Aaron Condit, Presbyterian min- 
ister, Hanover, Morris County, as his second wife; she had no 
children. 

2. Betsey, who never married. She was a milliner, and edu- 
cated several of the children of her brothers, Stephen and Ben- 
jamin. 

3. Rachel, who died in youth. 

4. Stephen (3), who married Abby Cook, daughter of James 
Cook, of Morristown. They lived in New York, and had children : 

1. Elizabeth, who married in Illinois. 

2. Edgar, married in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

3. Henry married in Ohio. 

4. James, is a lawyer, married , and lives in 

Springfield, 111. 

Stephen's wife then died, and he married Margaret Belknap, of 
Newburg, and removed to Illinois, and had several other children : 

5. Benjamin, married Mary Johnson, of New York. He lived 
in New York; was a grocer, and died there, leaving several chil- 
dren: 

1. Eliza, who married John Landen, of New York, and died, 
leaving two children: (1) Marietta Landen; (2) Frederick 
Landen. 

2. Mary. 

3. Jane Kipp, who married Philip W. Crater, merchant at Mor- 
ristown, and had children: (1) Margaret Elizabeth. 

4. Henrietta. 

ISAAC CONKLING (2), (sixth child of Stephen, son of Wil- 
liam) and Comfort Pitney, had children: 

1. Sally, who married Sineus Baker, of Littleton, Morris 
Comity, and had children: (1) Isaac Conkling Baker; (2) Har- 
riet Baker. 

2. Damon, who married Sally Nevill, daughter of Charles Ne- 
vill, of Basking Ridge, and had children: (1) John Nevill; (2) 
Elizabeth, who married Abraham P. Jones, son of Edward, of 



THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 123 

Newark, and had children: (1) Edward; (2) John Nevill, who 
died 23d September, 1S48, at three years; (3) William; (4) 
Charles, married 7th January, 1851, Lydia A. Bird; (5) James; 
(6) Frances. 

Mr. Damon Conkling died when on a visit to Rochester, N. Y., 
in August, 1842. This family lives in Newark. 

ABRAHAM CONKLING (eighth child of Stephen Conkling, 1st) 
and Jemima Lindley lived on Indian Hill, Columbia township, 
Hamilton County, Ohio, and had children : 

1. Anna Conkling (daughter of Abram Conkling), who died at 
forty years, unmarried. 

2. Mariah Conkling (daughter of Abram Conkling) married, 
first, John Perry, and had children: (1) Eviline Perry, who mar- 
ried Jefferson Arnet ; (2) Marj' Anne Perry, who married Henry 
Palsey; (3) Nancy Perry, who married Robert McMains; (4) 
Margaret Perry; (5) Deborah Perry, who married Sidney Mount. 
Mr. Perry then died, and she married Noble Jenkins, and had 
other children: (6) Henry Jenkin; (7) Richard; (8) Washing- 
ton Jenkins. Lived in Indiana. 

3. DEBORAH CONKLING (daughter of Abram Conkling), 
born 6th March, 1795, and married Ira Broadwell, born 11th 
March, 1794, son of Nathaniel Broadwell, of Morris County, N. J. ; 
lived near Madisonville, Hamilton County, Ohio, and had children : 

1. Adilia, who died at four months. 

2. Albert, bom 7th December, 1815, died 22d November, 1819. 

3. Mary Eliza, born 1st May, 1818, married William Smith; 
died of cholera, 4th July, 1849, leaving two children: (1) Albert; 
(2) Ira Herbert. 

4. Sarah Anne, born 25th October, 1820, died six months. 

5. Mariah, born 31st July, 1821, married 5th September, 1846, 
Allen Cameron, and had children: (1) Ira Francis; (2) Cath- 
erine Isabel. 

6. Julia Anne, bom 13th March, 1828. 

7. Nancy, born 21st August, 1831. 

8. Cordelia, bom 6th October, 1834. 

9. Emma Elizabeth, born 10th October, 1838, died 11th Feb- 
ruary, 1839. 



124 THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

4. RICHARD CONKLING (son of Abram Conkling) lives in 
Cincinnati, Ohio ; mannfactures wliite lead. He married Margaret 
Van Zant, had children: (1) Jane, who married Henry J. Drake; 
(2) Stephen, who married Mary Forgy ; (3) Isaac, who married 
Mary Carman, daughter of Benjamin, from Monmouth County, 
X. J.; (4) Rosalinda, who married Jesse Tumy; (5) Mary Eliza- 
beth; (6) Margaret; (7) Richard. Richard Conkling, by his 
second wife, Lucy Benton, had children: (8) Flora; (9) Kate 
Conkling. Richard Conkling, by his third wife, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Armstrong, widow of Sidney Armstrong, had no children. 

5. ELIZA CONKLING (daughter of Abram Conkling) married 
William Tingley, son of Jonathan Tingley, and had children : 

(I) Elizabeth; (2) John Beers ; (3) Jonathan; (4) Samuel-; .(5) 
Jemima; (G) William Benton ; (7) Albert Lindley Conkling. Lives 
on Indian Hill, Ohio. 

6. ZELA CONKLING (son of Abram Conkling) married Sarah 
Chapman, in Hamilton County, Ohio, and removed to Missouri. 
Had children: (1) W^illiam; (2) John Lindley; (3) Abram; (4) 
Margaret Jemima; (5) Joseph; (6) Thomas Jefferson; (7) 
Richard; (S) Willamina ; (9) Ira Broadwell ; [ (10) James Fin- 
ley. For his second wife he married Mrs. Jane Wilson, widow 
of Harvey Wilson, of Grundy County, Mo., and had children: 

(II) Harvey W^ilson ; (12 and 13) Mariah Elizabeth and James 
Frankling, twins ; (14) La Fayette ; (15) Francis Marion. — Added 
to make record complete. — I. B. C] 

7. JOSEPH LINDLEY CONKLING (son of Abraham Conkling) 
lives in Cincinnati, is a manufacturer of lard oil. He married, 
first, Elizabeth Ross; second, Phebe Ann Allen; third, her sister, 
Margaret Allen, and had children: (1) Phebe Ann, by second 
wife, and by third wife — (2) Stephen Allen Conkling; (3) La 
Fayette Conkling. 

8. WILLIAM CONKLING (son of Abram Conkling) married 
Sarah Flanagan, lives in Cincinnati; had children: (1) William 
Morton; (2) Margaret; (3) Jemima; (4) Sarah; (5) Mary. 



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125 



9. WILLAMINA COXKLING (daughter of Abram Conkling) 
married William Morton, and had children: (1) Jemima; (2) 
Susannah; (3) Sarah; (4) Emily; (5) Isaac Morton, Lives in 
Cincinnati, Ohio, 

10. JOHN RUNYON CONKLING (son of Abram Conkling) 
married Amanda Connet, in Ohio; lives in Missouri, and had 
children: (1) Albert; (2) Ira; (3) Charity; (4) Ellen; (5) Eliza; 
(G) Mary; (7) John; (S) Charles; (9) Deborah; (10) Sarah. 



EXTRACTS FROM THE SALMON RECORDS, 

GIVING MARRIAGES IN SOUTHOLD, LONG ISLAND, AND ELSEWHERE, 
FROM 1683 TO 1811, 

Copied from the original, in possession of Nathaniel Cleve- 
land Hubbard, of Southold, L, I,, by Robert B, Miller, of 
Brooklyn, L, I., and loaned by him, to be copied, to the Long 
Island Historical Society, 



Conklin, Benjamin 



Daniel 
Dr. David 
Henry 
Jacob 
Jonathan 



Joseph 
Thomas 



William 



— Mary Bailey. Apr. 25, 1775. 
— Mehetable Qreen. Dec. 18, 1799. 
— Deborah Corwin, wid. Nov. 2, 1795. 
— Lydia Moore. Sept. 20, 1773. 
—Sarah Horton. July 23, 1775. 
—Mary Conkling. Mch. 22, 1764. 
— Elizabeth Hempstead. Aug. 21, 1750. 
— Parnel Booth. May 2, 1771. 
—Elizabeth Conklin. Jan. 25, 1780. 
—Sarah Wickham. Jul. 5, 1748. 
—Hannah Prince. May 23, 1750. 
— Phebe Glover. July 20, 1760. 
—Anne Hallock. Oct. 16, 1777. 
— Anna Case. Aug. 7, 1759. 
—Betsey Tabor. Apr. 30, 1809. 
— ( ) ( ), July 13, 1783. 



Conkling. Benjamin, Jr. 
" John 



-Bethiah Reeve. Nov. 22, 1764. 
-Hannah Petty. Feb. 4, 1765. 



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Conklyn, Benjamin 
Henry 

John 



" Joseph 
" Samuel 

" Thomas 

Coucklyn, Anna 
Conklin, Abigail 



Anne 

Alse 

Bethiah 

Caroline 

Catherine 

Christian 

Deborah 

Dorithy 

Elizabeth 



Hannah 



Lucretia 
Mary 
" wid 

Parnel 



— Sarah Corey. Apr. 8, 1742. 
— Temperance Baily. Jan. 1, 1715-'16. 
—Mary Butkl, wid. May 12, 1742. 
—Abigail Kider. Mar. 1, 1727-'8. 
— Anna Youngs. Jan. 19, 1737. 
—Elizabeth Stadder. Jan. 17, 1739-'40. 
— Desire Conkling. Jan. 14, 1741-'2. 
— Lydia Griffing, wid. Apr. 25, 1732. 
—Mary Bradley. Dec. 20, 1742. 

— Susannah Washburn. ( ) 20, 1702. 

—Mary Crook. Dec. 20, 1733. 
—Mary Alice. June 17, 1736. 
—Rachel Moore. June 29, 1732. 

Female Index. 

— Nathaniel Youngs. Jan. 9, 1755. 

— Isaac Goldsmith. Nov. 25, 1800. 
— Samuel Tillson. Jan. 16, 1785. 
—Jesse Horton. Nov. 19, 1800. 
—Joseph Wells. Feb. 21, 1771. 
— Benjamin Beebe. Feb. 7, 1797. 
—John C. Wells. Oct. 18, 1808. 
—Joshua Terry. Mar. 29, 1781. 
— Jared Landon. Mar. 15, 1781. 
— Durfy Corey (of Mass.). Oct. 24, 1771. 
— Samuel Hopkins. Dee. 20, 1733. 
— Joseph Glover. Dec. 24, 1778. 
—Marvin Merrill. Sept. 25, 1809. 

— ( ) Tucker. Dec. 10, 1760. 

—William Booth. Aug. 11, 1788. 
Dimon) wid. — Rev. Benj. Goldsmith. July 17, 
1793. 
— Nicolus Magnish. Dec. 16, 1781. 
—Grant Bradley. Feb. 14, 1754. 
— Silvanus Davis. Jan. 8, 1757-'8. 
— Obadiah Wells. Aug., 1736. 
—Moses Cleveland. Jan. 23, 1793. 



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127 



Conklin, Rachel — Johu Smith. Oct. 27, 1787. 

Sarah (Wickham) wid.— Rev. Benj. Goldsmith. 1766. 
wid. —William Horton. Apr. 8, 1774. 
" Temperance — John Cleaves Terry. Nov. 24, 1763. 

—David Howell. Dec. 10, 1717. 
— Samuel Corwiu. Mar. 24, 1757. 
— Benjamin Payne. Mar. 5, 1767. 
—Isaac Hobart. July 11, 1760. 
— John Conklyn. Jan. 14, 1741-'2. 
— Joseph Glover. 1778. 
—Thomas More. Nov. 30, 1732. 
— John Payne. Apr. 13, 1732. 
—John Appleby. July 13, 1783. 
— Jonathan Corey. July 9, 1719. 
—William Albertson. Nov. 11, 1780. 
— Benjamin Bayley. Nov. 19, 1723. 
—Thomas Horton. Feb. 24, 1756-"7. 

—Benjamin Tusten. Mar. 20, 1739-'40. 

— Jonathan Smith. Nov. 1, 1744. 

— Benj. L. Hommedieu. 1716. 

— Joshua Salmon. June 16, 1737. 

—John Moore. Jan. 13, 1732. 

— Nathaniel Benjamin. Jan. 11, 1736-'7. 

— Henry Moor. Nov. 1, 1744. 



Conkling, Abigail, wid 


jj 


Anna 


J5 


Bathsheba 


!J 


Deborah 


JJ 


Desire 


JJ 


Elizabeth 


JJ 


Hannah 


JJ 


Lucretia 


JJ 


Mahaly 


JJ 


Mary 


JJ 


Sarah 


JJ 
JJ 


Susan 


Conklyn 


Abigail 


" 


Elizabeth 


JJ 


Mary 


JJ 


Rachel 


J5 


Sarah 


JJ 


Tempe 



SOUTHOLD, L. I., DEATHS. 

Conklin, ch. of Joseph. Mar. 3, 1697. 

Elizabeth, buried July 2, 1697-'9. 
ch. of Joseph, Jr. Oct. 31, 1697-"9. 
John. Mar. 4, 1705. 
Jacob. Aug. 20, 1715. 
Oct. 19, 1716. 
Henry. July 27, 1753. Aet. 25 years. 
Inft. son of Joseph. Oct. 12, 1755. 
Justice Benjamin. July 29, 1771. 
ch. of Jonathan, Jr. Mch. 8, 1775. 



12S THE CONKLINGS IN AMERICA 

Couklin, Stephen. May 27, 1788. 

Inft. of Mehetable. Sept. 6, 1808. 
Eunice. Jan. 15, 1810. 

Conkliug, Joseph, bur. Dec. 4, lG97-'9. 

Lieut. Joseph. Jan. 20, 1739-'40. 

Jonathan. Jr. Jan. 27, 1739-'40. 

Temperance, \v. of Henry. Feb. 25, 1739-'40. 

Bethia. Mar. 26, 1740. 

Elsa, w. of Jonathan. Apr., 1740. 

Rachel, w. of Thomas, of Sheter Island. May 16, 1750. 

John. June 16, 1751. Aet. 64 yrs. 

Sarah, wid. of John. Aug. 18, 1753. Aet. 70 yrs. 

Susannah, w. of Samuel. Oct. 8, 1753. Aet. 73 yrs. 

Ezra, inft. s. of Thomas. May 15, 1754. 

Ezra, s. of Thomas. Aug. 25, 1756. 

Sarah, d. of Benjamin. Sept. 4, 1756. 

ch. of Benjamin, Jr. Apr. 10, 1768. 

Samuel (father). Feb. 9, 1769. 

ch. of Jonathan. Aug. 19, 1769. 

ch. of Jonathan. Apr. 29, 1771. 

ch. of John. May 4, 1772. 

ch. of Benjamin. Dec. 6, 1772. 

Samuel (brother). May 25, 1774. 

ch. of Dr. David. Aug. 20, 1774. 

Samuel. July 16, 1775, 

Charity, d. of Joseph. Oct. 2, 1775. 

John, skipper. Feb., 1777. 

Anne, widow. Nov. 9, 1778. 

ch. of Dr. . Jan. 20, 1779. 

Edward, murdered. Nov. 16, 1779. 

Joseph. Nov. 9 or 10, 1780. 

ch. of Henry. 1780. 

s. of John, at Long House. July 5, 1781. 

Thomas. Mar. 4, 1782. 

Henry. Apr. 8, 1782. 

Mary, w. of Jacob. July 29, 1782. 

Thomas, drowned. February 4, 1783. 



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Conkling. Joiiathau. Sept., 17S3. 

Elizabeth, w. of Jonathan. May 28, 1785. 
Joseph (brother). Nov. 3, 1785. 
" Hannah, w. of Major Thomas. Dec. 16, 1785. 

ch. of Thomas. Feb. 2, 1786. 
Stephen. Nov. 23, 1786. 
w. of Nathan. 1786. 
ch. of Henry. Jan. 26, 1787. 
Maj. Thomas. Nov. 12, 1789. 
John, at Long House. Apr. 8, 1796. 
Parnel, w. of Jonathan. Mch. 25, 1799. 
Mary, wid. May 1, 1811. 

Conklyn, inft. s. of Samuel. Feb., 1715-'16. 

ch. of Jacob. Aug. 2, 1715. 

ch. of Joseph. Dec. 15, 1720. 
" '' " Dec. 6, 1726-'7. 

Ealsie, w. of Joseph. Apr. 11, 1731. 

Gamaliel. Apr. 10, 1733. 

Mary, w. of Samuel. Oct. 4, 1734. 

ch. of John. Sept. 7, 1736. 

Lydia, wid. Jan. 27, 1742-'3. 

ch. of John. Dec. 4, 1743. 

ch. of Joshua. Dec. 4, 1743. 

Mary, wid. of Joseph. Aug. 16. 1752. 

s. of Thomas, at Shelter Island, Oct., 1754. 
" Elizabeth, at Moriches, Mar. 17, 1755-'6. 

" Jeremy, s. of wid. Mary. May 19, 1756. Aet. 16 yrs. 

(Copied from Carrollton Democrat.) 

VIRGIL CONKLING, Prosecuting Attorney of Kansas City 
and Jackson County, a brother of Newlan Conkling, of 
this city, and formerly a citizen of Carrollton, died at his 
home, at 2618 East Twenty-eighth Street, Kansas City, at 7:30 
o'clock Saturday evening, November 23, 1912, aged forty-seven 
years and ten months. The cause of his illness is given as 
arterial sclerosis, hardening of the arteries, with other compli- 
cations. His illness covered a period of more than two years. 



130 TPIE C0NKLIN(5k IN AMERICA 

Mr. Coiikliiig was born in Livingston County. January 23, 1865. 
Wlien only a boy the family moved to Missouri City, and in 1877 
tliey came to Carrollton. Virgil was educated in our schools, and 
when he finished the course he began to teach, studying law at 
nights. He was admitted to the bar in 1884, shortly before he 
attained his majority. He began the practice of his profession 
at Bogard. To support himself while building up a practice 
in his profession, lie secured employment in the Bogard printing 
office, having learned the printer's trade in the Democrat office 
here. For two years he remained in Bogard and then came to 
Carrollton, the county seat. As the years passed by his pro- 
fessional business increased, and within ten years he had gained 
an enviable position at the bar, and was recognized as one of 
the leading attorneys of North Missouri. While living here he 
formed a law partnership with Hugh K. Rea, and in June, 1905, 
the firm moved to Kansas City, and the firm later was changed 
to Conkling, Rea & Sparrow. 

While living in Carrollton Mr. Conkling was Mayor of our 
city for two years, and also served as a member of the Board 
of Education for a number of years. Three years after moving 
to Kansas City, Mr. Conkling became a candidate for Prosecuting 
Attorney, was nominated by an overwhelming majority, and his 
election followed. Two years later, on the splendid record made, 
he was again nominated and elected. His second term would 
have expired the 1st of January next. 

May 18, 1886, Mr. Conkling w^as married to Miss Alpha Powers, 
of this county. Of this union four children were born, all of 
whom, with the widow, survive — Jessie, now Mrs. W. R. Thorpe ; 
Roscoe, Frances, and Virgil, Jr. 

In early youth Mr. Conkling was converted and united with 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 

Mr. Conkling w^as for years a member of the Masonic fraternity. 
He was also a life member of the Elks' lodge of this city. 

The above is a brief outline of one of Missouri's foremost citi- 
zens and most brilliant lawyers. He was a self-made man, and 
in the brief span of forty-eight years he had accomplished more 
than the average man accomplishes in the allotted three score 



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